Friday 7 July saw First Taste Charity’s Patron, Baroness Estelle Morris, and Derbyshire County Council Chairman, Councillor Linda Chilton, joining residents of Longmeadow Care Home and the children from Darley Dale County Primary School to celebrate the end of this year’s intergenerational DIG (Developing Interactive Gardens) Project at the Home.
Since autumn of 2016 the children & the older people have worked together to develop & enhance the outdoor spaces at the Home to provide more interesting and stimulating gardens for the residents, their families & friends to enjoy, The work undertaken has included: planting spring flowering bulbs in the garden and in tubs; sowing wild flower patches; building bug hotels and bird feeders; making bird I.D. dials; identifying trees; planting perennials on the wildlife patio; planting native trees in the hedgerow & making animal collages. At Friday’s well attended celebrations, visitors were able to see the remarkable results of these joint efforts.
During the afternoon Baroness Morris & Cllr Chilton presented all the participating children with First Taste Certificates of Achievement & Involvement and everyone enjoyed musical entertainment in the gardens followed by a most splendid afternoon tea provided by Mark Smith, Manager at Longmeadow Home & his staff.
This DIG Project was funded by: Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service Better Derbyshire Dales Fund; Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Local Projects Fund, Derbyshire County Council’s Community Leaders Fund with financial contributions from both the Home & the School. The Project was led by First Taste’s Social Care & Training Manager, Cecilia Harris, & First Taste Horticultural Tutor, Clare Bufton.
This DIG Project is included in this year’s Darley Dale in Bloom initiative with the East Midland Judges for the In Bloom scheme visiting the Home on 12 July to see the work undertaken over the past year. It is hoped that the DIG Project, building upon work done last year which contributed to Darley Dale In Bloom achieving the much coveted Gold Gilt Award and the Judges awarding First Taste a special Judges Award for their innovative Project, will contribute to the Darley Dale in Bloom scheme achieving a Gold Award this year.
Both the Home and the School are keen to develop this Project with other children over the coming academic year and more of the older people from the Home’s Dementia Unit. First Taste is currently seeking funding to allow this imaginative project to continue for the next school year and would welcome any donations to support the work. Donations, made payable to First Taste, should be sent to Iris Wagstaffe, Secretary, First Taste Office, c/o Ladygrove Mill, Two Dales, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2FH.
To view photos from our DIG project, click here.