On 29 February 2020 Strode Park Foundation held a Volunteer Day at our Footprints Garden in Canterbury. The day was a great success, and the garden had started its transformation with plans to finish off in the Spring. However, then lockdown came.
The Lockdown created a halt to our gardening, which meant the Footprints garden went unloved for months and needed some attention. We wanted to change this, so we brought together a team of fabulous volunteers on 21 and 22 August to help us revamp this area and make it look amazing once more.
One of the complicated parts of our garden design was that we had to cater for the fact that many of our residents and future residents will not be able to weave throughout the garden due to their wheelchair accessibility, and therefore we had to design large sculptures and interesting features that can be seen from any point in the garden but also allows for those with more mobility to still go exploring if they wish.
We were kindly donated large wooden disks with carvings of animals and bugs that were painted and will be put up throughout the garden in the next few days. We also upcycled some tyres, with a lick of paint and careful stacking to create some animal sculptures that could be scattered throughout the garden, as well as being great plant pots. The foliage and trees have been thinned out to allow more sunlight to reach the garden and there was A LOT of de-weeding that needed to be done. We are hoping all this, as well as lots more plants and exciting visuals, will make this garden something to be enjoyed by the children who live in our Footprints home.
We were so kindly donated £3,000 towards this project by the Crown Charitable Trust and Kent Community Foundation and we got creative to make our money stretch as far as possible. We have also had some extremely generous donations, which have been some great finishing touches to our garden.
We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who volunteered their time back in February (even with the torrential rain we had to deal with) and everyone who has offered their services this time around, with your help we were able to make this garden a fantastic space for all the Footprint Children, you are all amazing!
We have another Volunteer day on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August, if you would like to come along and help us with the last finishing touches to our Footprints garden then please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow our Facebook page www.facebook.com/StrodeParkFoundation and keep an eye out for any future announcements.