New £25,000 dementia garden opens in Gorleston

Opening of a dementia garden at Rosewood.Corinne Smith with Margaret a day resident being shown arou

Opening of a dementia garden at Rosewood.Corinne Smith with Margaret a day resident being shown around the garden.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

A new £25,000 dementia garden was officially opened this week following one community hub's successful funding campaign.

The new garden at the Independence Matters Community Hub, in Suffolk Road, Gorleston, was given the go-ahead after the group were successful in their application to The People's Millions programme in 2014.

The competition let the public vote on which community projects should receive funding of up to £50,000.

Since the funding was awarded a number or builders and volunteers, including those from the Great Yarmouth Green Gym, have stepped in to help turn the idea into a reality, with regulars at the centre also having their voice heard about what they wanted to see included.

Team manager at the hub, Corinne Smith was involved in the planning of the new garden campaign and is more than happy with the end result.

She said: 'The reaction to the new garden has been fantastic and I think everybody is impressed. The good thing is that the garden will keep on evolving over the years so it will continue to change and remain an exciting place to be.

'Elderly people and those who suffer from dementia can become isolated so it is really important that they have somewhere safe to go and where there are plenty of activities to take part in - just like there is here in the new garden.'

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The new garden features a greenhouse, summer house, a woodland trail, seating areas, bird feeders as well as raised beds to that members of the hub can begin to grow things in the summer.

Corinne added: 'There is a mixture of everything out there in the garden including places to relax or areas to play sport so it really does cater for everyone's needs.'

The new garden also features a special bench donated by the family of Stella Lain, a former visitor to the centre who was influential in winning the funding required.

Stella's daughter, Donna Everson said: 'Stella would have been thrilled with how the garden looks today and I am sure that she would have spent a lot of time out there.

'She was really happy when she was here and she thoroughly enjoyed getting involved with the new garden.'

For more information on the hub and the new garden people should contact 01493 448499.