Astell’s grand garden re-design

Astell House’s grand garden makeover was finished and revealed last week at their Platinum Jubilee party and on Carole Cook’s last day as Manager.

As you can see from the photos, it’s been transformed into a beautiful sensory garden for residents, families and staff to relax, enjoy time in and continue the gardening.

The idea and creation of this garden was developed with the team work of Carole Cook, Tina Taylor, Lucy Martin, Julie Edwards, Nick Ruck and Matt Aldridge and our maintenance team. They did the final work recently with clearing weeds, building the planters and fountaint and planting new flowers – some of which in their own time. The first part of the garden project happened last year with helping hands and donations from local community connections.

We are sad to say goodbye to Carole on her retirement as Manager of the home and wish her all the best – she’s certainly left a tremendous legacy with this garden for all to enjoy!

Astell House and the Charity would like to thank everyone involved in making this new space possible for all those who live, work and visit Astell House care home. Including;

  • Our maintenance team for their work on building the greenhouse, planters and fountain.
  • Mason and Stokes for donating the money for the water feature. Richard Mason sadly passed away last month, so the fountain is called, Richard Mason Fountain of Friendship.
  • Jane Quested for purchasing the plaque with the residents poem for Prince Phillip.
  • Carole for The Prince Phillip Memorial Garden plaque outside the greenhouse.
  • Keir Construction Ltd staff who volunteered to do the tarmac paths and provided the digger.
  • Ingenium Civil Engineering Ltd who provided the tarmac.
  • Elliott’s Aggregates arranged the skips and gravel.
  • Pat Best, daughter of Norma Tribble, who kindly planted up the two planters at the front.
  • Rob Brett and Helene Boxer who donated in memory of their late Mother, Do Brett which went to the plants.
  • All other families of residents who have generously donated money.
  • Webbs garden centre who donated a planter.
  • B&Q and Dunelm donated garden ornaments and plants.
  • Hartpury College who kindly donated £100.
  • Cheltenham College did the fence panels.
It’s a beautiful place for all residents, families and staff to enjoy spending time in and will last for many years to come.

The theme of the garden is a safe and sensory space, with a never-ending pathway, reminiscence areas and homes for wildlife. All these garden elements are a stimulus, provoking happy gardening memories and supporting mental and physical wellbeing. Especially important for people living with various stages of dementia and partial sight.

Care Home Manager Carole Cook said, “I was overwhelmed by the local community who supported the project and all the staff who worked hard with me to get it finished before my retirement and the Platinum garden party. It’s perfect and I’m so proud to leave this legacy to the home for people to enjoy for many years to come.”

Astell House residents are dedicating this new garden space to the memory of Prince Philip. The passing of Prince Philip saddened residents and together they wrote a lovely poem in tribute to him, which they sent to The Queen. They have chosen to name the garden ‘HRH The Prince Philip Memorial Garden.’

Here’s our story of the first part of the project including pictures of it before:

More photos can be found on our Lilian Faithfull Facebook page.