Stroud Court Community Trust

August update

Our volunteers are making a new garden at Stroud Court Community Trust.

The residents love to get out into the quiet gardens and enjoy harvesting from the raised beds created by us in the past. This new project has meant clearing ground, getting rid of masses of bindweed, creating a large raised bed and replanting the garden.

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Initially, the Management of Stroud Court Community Trust at Minchinhampton approached Nailsworth Rotary to ask for help in restoring a Sensory Garden at their residential home which cares for adults with Autism.

Work started with a small team of volunteers working weekly for three hours at a time, over two months, to keep disruption to a minimum. The project involved weeding and pruning large overgrown flowering shrubs, and in paticular the removal of one large conifer which was completely blocking the view down the slope to a beautiful summer house below the garden.

Stroud Court Community Trust replaced a water pump which controlled a cascade down the garden and Nailsworth Rotary helped in purchasing a small water feature for the top of the site, which was installed by Stroud Court Community Trust staff, and which added a further calming interest to the site.

The Sensory Garden was reopened on with a Tea Party attended by Trust members, staff, some of the residents, and good support from our own Club members.  Berylyn Mann, who was then our Club President, outlined the aims of Rotary and indicated that this had been an ideal project to allow us to provide support in kind to our local community care.

Following the success of this project further projects were identified by the Trust and carried out by Rotary, including the original wooden summer house in the lower meadow which was in need of restoration, and the construction of wooden raised beds to enable residents a greater opportunity to get involved in the therapy of growing their own vegetables and flowering plants.

The completion of these projects at the Centre were well received, and it was felt that they added greatly to the environment of the Centre, which is a permanent home for the residents.

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Community Projects

back We help out with many local community projects: The Older Driver Forum, Forest Green Community Garden, Stroud Court, Box Wood, Nailsworth Spring Clean, Arkell Centre lunches, Alzheimer's Cafe, Nailsworth Noel and Festival, and Stroud Ambitions.