With springtime well and truly in the air, a group of green-fingered residents from Ashlands Manor Care Centre in Sale made a special visit to help the little fingers at Back to the Garden Childcare in Broadheath with some seasonal planting and preparation in the nursery garden.
Ranging in age from three to 83, the group of young and old worked in partnership to prepare a number of colourful floral planters that will take pride of place in the garden, and sow a number of different vegetable and herb seeds that will eventually be harvested and used in the nursery kitchen.
The team worked hard for more than two hours, and once the work was done, relaxed in the nursery with a special afternoon tea featuring mini sandwiches and cakes that had all been handmade by the nursery’s talented catering team.
Activities coordinator at Ashlands, Susan Griffin, said: “We were delighted to accept Back to the Garden’s invitation to join the children in the nursery garden for the afternoon. We have a number of residents who are avid gardening enthusiasts and they were very happy to use their expertise to help the children create a fantastic planting patch in this beautiful garden space.”
Nursery manager, Lorraine Webb, added: “We are so grateful to the residents from Ashlands Manor for coming to see us, bringing with them all their years of gardening knowledge and talent. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit, it was a great afternoon filled with fun and laughter and a wonderful learning and bonding experience for young and old alike. It is our intention to further build upon the relationship with Ashlands and more visits are planned, with the group perhaps enjoying a chair yoga session in our all-weather tipi next time.”
While the afternoon was full of fun for all involved, there are many proven health-related benefits for young and old spending quality time in each other’s company on a regular basis. In addition to an increased understanding and appreciation of each other’s abilities and limitations, regular intergenerational experiences are important in building compassion and tolerance and also help the elderly remain more mentally and physically alert.
Back to the Garden and Ashlands Manor are both part of the Altrincham-based McGoff Group.
Fast becoming the nursery of choice for parents in Altrincham and Hale, Back to the Garden is a unique and innovative, child-led active learning environment with an emphasis on outdoor play in a stunning garden setting. www.backtothegardenchildcare.com.
One of the area’s leading care centres, Ashlands Manor is located on Ashlands in Sale and is a state-of-the-art purpose-built ‘new generation’ care centre offering exceptional levels of residential, nursing and specialist dementia care. www.newcarehomes.com
Image shows, from left to right, Finley Elliot (Back to the Garden), Rita Mallett (resident at Ashlands), Summer-Leigh Wildman (Back to the Garden), Anne Statham (Early Years Teacher at Back to the Garden) Dorothy Wharton (resident at Ashlands), Nancy Grave (Back to the Garden), Susan Griffin (Activities Assistant at Ashlands) and Sombra Layton (resident at Ashlands).