Creative kids help make care home’s green dream a reality

Marine Park Primary school pupils spend time with residents at Garden Hill Care Home during their leavers' day ceremony.
Marine Park Primary school pupils spend time with residents at Garden Hill Care Home during their leavers' day ceremony.

Creative youngsters have helped bridge the generation gap – after teaming up with residents to make a green dream a reality at a South Tyneside care home.

Pupils at Marine Park Primary School, in South Shields, have come up with grand designs for a planned new garden and seating area for residents and families at Garden Hill Care Home, based at St Michael’s Avenue in the town.

The forward-thinking children have been visiting the care home throughout the term to chat with residents and work on arts and craft projects with them.

When the care home decided to convert a corner of their green space into a memorial garden, they knew just where to turn for a helping hand.

They asked the children for ideas and suggestions on how the garden should look – and were delighted with the flood of imaginative responses.

Ten children from the Year 6 class at the Hatfield Square school drew their suggestions for the layout of the garden and wrote notes on their designs with recommendations of flowers, ornaments and features.

Residents of Garden Hill visited the school to attend their leavers’ ceremony and present the garden designers with a trophy each.

Care Manager Lyndsay Scott said: “We were delighted with the designs that the children came up with.

“They were so creative and we can’t wait to bring them to life.

It’s been wonderful and very rewarding to work with Marine Park school.

“Our residents have thoroughly enjoyed our visits from the children and we wish them all the best for their first year in comprehensive school.”