The garden is supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and JRHT’s “Dementia Without Walls” programme. It has transformed a once windswept and barren space into a sensory experience. This will help those with dementia. It will provide a floral and scenic experience for all residents to enjoy, all year round.
Christina Rees, a gardener on the Hartfields site, was delighted to present the finished work at the ceremony. After six years of service, this will be her final project working for JRHT. She explained:
“It has been a real privilege to be able to work closely with residents to develop the new patio garden. The grounds at Hartfields are lovely but very exposed to winds from the nearby North Sea. We have tried therefore to create a much-needed area of shelter and more intimacy at the heart of the site. With a variety of new seating areas for people to enjoy.”
The garden’s flagship feature is a long trellis pergola. This is planted at both sides with scented shrubs and climbers to eventually provide a natural shelter from the wind. A number of shrubs and flowers are already in bloom and attracting plenty of wildlife. Red admiral butterflies are a regular sight.
In addition, the garden has a spherical water feature similar to that of Homestead Park’s ‘Circle Garden’ in York. A number of trellis planters on casters can be repositioned to make flexible use of the space.
The patio garden has a variety of cushions, and fleeces for use in cooler weather.
Hartfields is a retirement village, situated in Bishop Cuthbert on the outskirts of Hartlepool. It is for people aged 60-plus who want to live in their own home within a socially inclusive community.
It is a vibrant and active community of over 300 people. It has been designed to promote independence and choice. It offers a place to live for people who require care and support. It's also for those who wish to plan ahead for the future.