An event was held to say thank you to all supporters of the community garden. Sean, who is supported by mirus in Maesteg, and also volunteers in the garden, was there to represent mirus.
Bill and Paul sat together on their patio at home and discussed with mirus staff what they could do to improve their wellbeing. After making a list of all the different possibilities, they realised that happiness starts at home and decided to make their garden welcoming and beautiful.
Paul’s has bad eyesight, so they chose to make their garden a full sensory experience.
They researched plants with the brightest colours and strongest smells to make sure that they could both get lots of enjoyment from their hard work.
After they had cleared the weeds and prepared the soil they visited their local garden centre to pick out the perfect plants. With lots of care and watering, the plants had soon grown beautiful, bright coloured, sweet smelling flowers.
“One of my favourite things to do is sit out on the patio. My eyesight isn’t that great but I can see the different colours in the garden and it cheers me up no end.”
Bill and Paul realised that they had found a new skill in gardening, and decided to push their abilities even further and grow their own vegetables.
They knew that fresh fruit and vegetables are great for your physical health, and thought that they would be the perfect accompaniment to improved mental health from the flowers.
They went back to the garden centre and selected what to grow in their vegetable patch. They decided on tomatoes, courgettes, lettuce and strawberries; a delicious healthy feast!
“I love my garden to have lots of flowers and different fresh vegetables to eat. It is good not only for my diet but also for my happiness.”
Bill and Paul are proud of their new garden and are reaping the health benefits. They have ordered a new gazebo to be delivered in time for summer so that they can sit in the shade and enjoy their new beautiful garden with friends and family.