Pendle View is a supported housing project for people with learning disabilities. Sandy lane gardening Group was asked to take over the maintenance of their large and formal garden. In discussions with the support team it was felt that the garden was not very service user friendly as it had no paths and most service users were wheel chair users.
The gardening group put forward a design to make the garden more accessible which was accepted and then we set about trying to raise almost £3,000 which it would cost to implement. This we achieved with help from Progress Housing and the Windfall Fund.
The only way to make the project work financially was for the group members to carry out the work themselves. We purchased the materials locally and then set about digging out and then laying over 100 foot of pathways which was done with the help of two friends, Stuart and Lawrence, who were more proficient at flag laying than we could ever have achieved.
We recycled timber from an old summerhouse to help make some raised beds and installed a wheelchair accessible green house.
By July 2013 everything was complete, on budget and two months ahead of time so we decided to take advantage of the good weather to have a formal opening garden party. We were very pleased when the Mayor, Councillor Judith Addison, accepted our invitation to carry out the opening together with David, one of the service users who was particularly looking forward to the prospect of many happy hours being spent in the garden.