Day centre makes the most of summer by sprucing up garden

TIDY The Portchester Day Centre unveiled its improved garden which was opened by the Mayor of Fareham Cllr Susan Bayford, pictured with centre manager Wendy Sawyers. Picture: Sarah Standing (132079-4534)
TIDY The Portchester Day Centre unveiled its improved garden which was opened by the Mayor of Fareham Cllr Susan Bayford, pictured with centre manager Wendy Sawyers. Picture: Sarah Standing (132079-4534)

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MONTHS of hard work has seen a newly-revamped garden bloom with life.

Last year, the garden at a community day centre was in ruin with only dead plants to look at.

But thanks to generous donations, grants and the work of Training Ship Tenacity it has been transformed.

The Portchester day centre in Castle Street, Portchester put up a plea at the beginning of the year for help with its run down garden.

The task was taken up by Molly Jones, 66, from Gosport and Tony Nappin, 72, from Portchester, from TS Tenacity, who led the fundraising and organised the renovation.

They raised over £2,000 through donations from local businesses and grants and began work on the garden.

With the help of cadets from TS Tenacity, who gave up their time on Tuesday evenings and weekends, they cleared the garden out and renovated it.

It has been completely remodelled and now has a pond and a bird bath which has attracted wild life. The garden benches were also repaired.

Centre manager Wendy Sawyers, 48, from Portchester, said: ‘The visitors’ quality of life has improved no end as it is now safe and secure and a nice place to spend time.’

She said some visitors have described it as ‘a little piece of heaven’.

It is now not just a derelict area but a place for the visitors to enjoy. They have now been able to host skittles events in the garden as well as cream tea afternoons.

Wendy said: ‘Without the work of Molly and Tony, I don’t know where we would be. It is a vast improvement, especially for those with Alzheimer’s.’

The garden was opened by mayor of Fareham, Cllr Susan Bayford who was impressed.

She said: ‘The small area was transformed into an area to relax and contemplate. I’d like to applaud all those who worked on it and the impressive fundraising that supported the project.’

Molly said: The project was well worth it and the cadets have learnt something about gardening’.

She said they are still involved with the garden and intend to make sure it stays looking great.