Students revamp care home gardens

A garden used by dementia sufferers in Blakenhall has been given a new lease of life, thanks to the hard work of students from City of Wolverhampton College.

The group, who are on a 12 week Prince’s Trust self development course, spent two weeks transforming the grounds of Blakenhall Resource Centre – a care home for older people with mental health needs.

As part of the complete garden renovation they extended a patio, built two raised beds, planted fruit trees, created a sensory garden, laid stepping stones and spread three tonnes of gravel and sand. They also repainted six old benches.

They raised the cash needed for the project by bag packing at the Co-op in Bushbury, organising a cake sale and taking part in a sponsored walk up and down the Wrekin while carrying a full body weight dummy on a stretcher.

Team Leader Karl Broadhurst said: “From the moment the group saw the centre they really wanted to help – and they have worked their socks off to raise as much money as possible for a really worthwhile cause.

“This is a real milestone for the college, as this group is the 300th team to pass through its doors.”

The Prince’s Trust Team programme gives unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 the chance to learn new skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem through a range of outdoor activities, community work and work experience.

For more information on the Team programme contact The Prince’s Trust team at City of Wolverhampton College on 01902 836000. The college welcomes offers from individuals and businesses to support the delivery of the programme by offering work experience, mock interviews or voluntary projects.

For further information about The Prince’s Trust, visit or call 0800 842 842.


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