Vol­un­teers en­joy a day plant­ing shrubs in new de­men­tia gar­den

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Parish Church’s Kirkhill build­ing was a hive of ac­tiv­ity last Wed­nes­day, as peo­ple were hard at work in their gar­dens.

A group of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia vis­ited the church build­ing with their car­ers last Wed­nes­day, as part of De­men­tia Aware­ness Week.

Alzheimers Scot­land, the Uni­ver­sity of the West of Scot­land and NHS La­nark­shire are work­ing with the church, to cre­ate a gar­den­ing project in the rose gar­den at the church’s Kirkhill build­ing. Last year, the project won £ 8500 in fund­ing, to help cre­ate the gar­den.

The church’s Linda Wun­sch ex­plained: “The de­men­tia gar­den idea came about af­ter we en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion with the Uni­ver­sity of the West of Scot­land, and Alzheimers Scot­land, and we won an award.

“They ap­proached the church to see if we could give them the use of some land, and we agreed they could have the use of the rose gar­den at the Kirkhill build­ing, the for­mer Cam­bus­lang Old Parish Church.

“We had a big clean-up day last Au­gust where we gut­ted the gar­den and took five van-loads of shrub­bery and trees down to the dump.

“As the church rep­re­sen­ta­tive, we have been work­ing with Fer­gus Mait­land, who has been man­ag­ing the project, and us­ing peo­ple from the com­mu­nity pay­back scheme, who have done the con­struc­tion of the three wooden raised beds, which are now full of plants, and they’ve also dug out a path, which is still to be com­pleted.”

Fer­gus added: “We are cre­at­ing a gar­den for peo­ple with de­men­tia at Cam­bus­lang Parish Church.

“Last Wed­nes­day, as part of De­men­tia Aware­ness Week, we ar­ranged a day in the gar­den plant­ing out the raised beds. The plant­ing was car­ried out by mem­bers of the Early De­men­tia Group, and, in keep­ing with the ethos of the project, we cre­ated a real time video link with peo­ple at the Harry Heaney Cen­tre (day care) in Spit­tal who were un­able to at­tend the gar­den in per­son.

“Both groups were able to com­mu­ni­cate with each other and those in the day cen­tre were able to view the progress be­ing made in the gar­den whilst those in the gar­den were able to get feed­back and com­ment from those in the day cen­tre.

“All in all it was a very suc­cess­ful day and we en­joyed blue skies and sun­shine through­out.

“We still have a long way to go with re­gards to com­ple­tion of paths, benches, etc, how­ever, now that we have some flow­ers and herbs in place things are look­ing good and we feel that we have a tan­gi­ble gar­den and look for­ward to the days ahead.”

Linda is pleased the gar­den is bring­ing peo­ple from dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the lo­cal com­mu­nity to­gether.

She ex­plained: “With this gar­den, we’ve in­volved peo­ple in the com­mu­nity - and we’re pleased the com­mu­nity pay­back team are in­volved, as they’re help­ing in a con­struc­tive way.

“The pay­back team have also painted the church rail­ings, af­ter we were re­spon­si­ble for the cost of the paint.

“We have some­where be­tween 12 and 15 peo­ple who suf­fer from de­men­tia along last week, and Fer­gus and his team had done such a great job, putting all the soil into the beds and dig­ging out the weeds.

“We also laid out nearly £300 worth of plants and herbs, with dif­fer­ent kinds of flow­ers, some of which are an­nu­als like begonias, and we’ve planted oth­ers, like fus­cias, which will last a while.

“The peo­ple with de­men­tia did the plant­ing them­selves, so they all came in and had a lovely time.

“It was a lovely day as the com­mu­nity cafe at the church stayed open. The cafe staff were very good to us as they stayed open three hours later than nor­mal, al­low­ing us to have tea, cof­fee and cake af­ter­wards.”

Linda added: “In the fu­ture we want to get a dis­abled por­ta­ble toi­let added, and we’ve also got a com­pany, David Ogilvie, who are mak­ing benches for the gar­den to al­low the peo­ple to sit.

“We hope in the fu­ture to have a sum­mer­house, as it will be some­where the peo­ple can take shel­ter, and grow other things, such as veg­eta­bles.

“We’ve also been do­nated a green­house, which we need to build.”

Work­ing to­gether

As part of De­men­tia Aware­ness Week, a day in the gar­den plant­ing the raised beds was ar­ranged at Cam­bus­lang Parish Church’s Kirkhill build­ing

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