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Garden Makeover at the Lifestyle Centre

Published on 25 June 2019 11:36 AM

Team 61 from the Princes Trust with centre manager Angela Moss

We were very lucky to have been supported by Groundwork and the Princes Trust at our Lifestyle Centre in Chorley, who have recently renovated our garden bringing it a fresh and colourful new look.

Team 61 of the Princes Trust in Chorley spent two and a half weeks working in the garden at the centre and have done everything from painting sheds, planting, varnishing benches and upcycling food tins from the kitchen turning them into vibrant and colourful plant pots.

One of the highlights of the garden is the mosaic that the team created which now has pride of place on the wall in the garden. 

The Lancashire Red Rose mosaic

Angela Moss from Age UK Lancashire said: “The mosaic is brilliant, the team showed some great initiative when the weather turned and spent the day inside designing and putting it all together.  We are so pleased with the final outcome and it really is the icing on the cake for the garden”.

Led by Team Leader Chris Halliwell and Assistant Team Leader Estelle Jones from the Princes Trust, the two and a half weeks spent renovating the garden is part of a 16 week course that young people participate in to help build confidence and develop team working skills to help them get into employment.

Chris Halliwell said: “We chose to work with Age UK Lancashire as we wanted to make a real difference.  The aim was to break down barriers between generations and change any misconceptions.  The nice part was being able to speak with the centres visitors and share our ideas and plans with them.  The younger people really got to know the members during the project and a lot of our group have mentioned how much knowledge and wisdom they have taken away”.

Upcycled food tins bringing a colourful feel to the garden
New plants have been planted throughout the garden

The new garden was officially unveiled by the group to delighted staff and volunteers from Age UK Lancashire as well as some of the regular visitors.  The Brothers of Charity, who provide the catering in the centre, put together a special buffet and presented them with a cake to thank them for their hard work.

Angela Moss added: “I just want to say how grateful we are to the whole team.  The work they have done has made such a difference to the garden.  We can’t wait for more visitors to pop in for a drink and enjoy the surroundings.  Hopefully it will encourage more people to come along and join our gardening group too.  Everyone has worked so hard and it was our pleasure to put on a special buffet to thank them”.

Special cake presented to the group to thank them

The team also received support from Asda in Chorley who invited them to come in store and raise funds for the project and Wickes for donating some of the paint and materials.

Our Lifestyle Centre is open Monday to Friday with a full timetable of activities and classes you can join.  Everyone is welcome so why not pop along and take a look?  We also serve delicious food daily as well freshly made afternoon tea.

The group showing off their hard work