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Northfleet charities win garden makeovers

PUBLISHED: 12:33 24 September 2010

Garden Lodge staff members Brenda Langford and Lynne Lidstone look forward to seeing the courtyard transformed into a garden for elderly clients

Garden Lodge staff members Brenda Langford and Lynne Lidstone look forward to seeing the courtyard transformed into a garden for elderly clients

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The outdoor areas of two charities are set to be transformed through a free garden makeover.

Gardening centre Millbrook will set its specialist landscapers and planters to work on the outdoor areas at Garden Lodge day care centre in Deneholm Road and Northfleet Youth and Community Centre, Hall Road.

The causes were chosen by Millbrook as part of a competition to find gardens in the Gravesham area in need of some tender loving care, but after such a raft of entries, the Southfleet company chose to pick two winners rather than one.

Garden Lodge is run by the Alzheimers and Dementia Support Services while Kent County Council supports the Youth and Community Centre.

Millbrook’s operations manager Darren Baker said: “Garden Lodge and Northfleet Youth and Community Centre provide such a valuable service to the community that it’s a pleasure to be able to work with them on creating new gardens.”

Negotiations on the exact nature of the work is underway between the charities and Millbrook, with a patch of pavement to the rear of Garden Lodge marked out for developing and the outdoor play area at the Hall Road centre set to be transformed.

Jackie Thompson, chief executive at Garden Lodge, said: “People with dementia can benefit from activities such as gardening, so we’d like raised beds where they can grow fruit and vegetables. We are lucky to have volunteers who have offered to maintain the garden once Millbrook has done the initial spadework.”

Work is expected to start in the next few weeks.

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