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Woodstock Courtyard Transformed By Princes Trust Youth Team Project

14 July 2022

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Residents at Woodstock have a new sensory garden thanks to a group of hard-working youngsters on a Prince’s Trust personal development course.

The team spent four days at the Home, working hard to create a stunning space, perfect for sunny days of relaxation.

Norfolk Fire & Rescue and West Anglia College work with the Prince’s Trust to deliver the courses designed to help build skills, confidence and employability.

The Prince’s Trust raised £1,388 to fund the transformation by doing a bag pack at Tesco, which the supermarket giant matched. They also ran a Go Fund Me page.

A host of terrific local businesses also donated time and materials to the project, which Woodstock Residents will enjoy for years to come.

Activities Co-ordinator Naomi Daglish said Residents and Colleagues are thrilled with the results.

Naomi said: “This is a life-changing project for young people, and we are delighted with their hard work.

“Our courtyard looks stunning, and the sensory garden delivers many benefits for the Residents.

“Not only is it a beautiful place to relax and enjoy some fresh air, but the sensory elements have therapeutic benefits, particularly for Residents living with dementia.

“It’s been incredible to see the transformation, and we can’t thank the team involved enough.”

Plants were donated by Grove Farm Nurseries, Letton Road Nurseries and Posh Plants.

British Sugar provided 10 tonnes of soil, which Roger Warnes delivered.

Black Dog signs donated a sign with the students’ names to commemorate the project and volunteers Gary and Callie pitched in.

Naomi said: “This was a team effort, and we are so grateful to the businesses and people who donated and gave up their time to help.

“It’s heartening to know that initiatives like this are running and giving young people a chance to find themselves and build their confidence.

“We were so impressed by how Norfolk Fire & Rescue ran the project and how everyone did their bit.

“To have a beautiful sensory garden to enjoy all summer long is the perfect way to celebrate the season.”