Communal gardens at Meadowfield House transformed

A major transformation of the communal garden at a Thornaby extra care scheme has been carried out to benefit residents.

Grounds Maintenance Meadowfield House

18 Jan 2019

Working in partnership with the Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company, Thirteen’s grounds maintenance and caretaker team set to work to transform the communal garden at Meadowfield House in Thornaby.

A successful funding application to Thirteen’s community fund made it possible to turn the overgrown gardens into a place the residents can enjoy and easily maintain.

The work involved clearing the garden area, planting new shrubs, spreading around 40 tonnes of gravel and jet-washing the paving.

Extra care co-ordinator Jayne Kightly said: “I was delighted when the funding application was accepted. We worked closely with residents and our grounds maintenance team to find a solution that would improve the appearance of the gardens and keep maintenance to a minimum.

“We’re all really pleased with the result and the residents will be looking forward to spending time outside in the warmer months.”

Facilities management services manager Paul Stephens said: “Everyone worked extremely hard over the month-long project. The difference is incredible, and it has been a real team effort to make these improvements, which we know the residents appreciate.”

Meadowfield House is a purpose-built specialist extra care scheme for over 55s with varying care and support needs. Built in 2012, the scheme provides essential care to residents 24 hours a day.