There is a wealth of evidence that gardening, and even spending time in a garden or among plants, is of great benefit to an individual’s mental health. Our ‘Bigger Growers’ package is designed for Care Homes, where a garden can certainly help those in residence enjoy a better quality of life.
Whether they are able to become actively involved in the planning, planting and growing of the vegetables, or simply see it happening and enjoy watching the progress, a garden of this type will provide benefit to all involved, and then there’s the advantage of being able to eat what has been grown.
Residents will find that gardening is an activity they enjoy – indeed, it may have been one the enjoyed prior to living in the home – so please get in touch if you think your care home could benefit from the Bigger Growers initiative. Once again, everything will be supplied for you to begin, including a journal to keep track of what needs to be done!
Why residents LOVE US!
Why their families LOVE US!
HIGH QUALITY WOODEN PLANTERS
hese will provide a stunning outdoor focus for residents, visitors, and staff to enjoy. We Can Grow will build you 4 of our huge 1800mm x 790mm x 690mm handmade pop up allotments and install them in the ideal location within your grounds. They can be positioned on any surface including Tarmac or Concrete. They are the perfect height and size for your residents to work on whilst providing gentle exercise but avoiding having to strain too much and they’re also perfect for wheelchair users too.
COMPOST & FEED
We will provide a specialised mix of soil conditioner and compost, containing the perfect content of nutrients and enriching organic matter. Our compost retains water really well helping plants grow healthy and strong. Its 100% plant matter so there’s no nasty surprises. We believe your residents should get their hands mucky and our soil is the safest and best available. Our soil won’t compact so it will always be easy to dig and it acts as a mulch that keeps down the weeds too!
ALL SEEDS & PLANT PLUGS NEEDED
Your 'We Can Grow' Gardener will listen to residents and staff and agree on planting themes. Examples of planting themes are vegetables, cutting flowers for arranging and cottage garden favourites. Working from your ideas we then provide you with all the seeds and plug plants you will ever possibly need through the growing seasons.
We will visit your home for 2 hours every week through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, providing gardening support and activities for groups of or individual residents and CPD training for your carer staff. We can even arrange activity sessions for your residents’ grandchildren or younger relatives making visiting your home a more child friendly experience and providing loads of inclusive, happy and enduring family memories
During each session your visiting gardener will record, photos and comments of the plants' progress in the planters. All this will be recorded on your very own digital journal through your very own “We Can Grow Online” portal. We even give you instructions and tasks to complete until we see you again including daily tasks and watering rotas.
ACCESS TO WE CAN GROW ONLINE
You will have full access to We Can Grow Online your very own planning, recording and information portal. We Can Grow Online is a suite of tools including:You will have full access to We Can Grow Online your very own planning, recording and information portal. We Can Grow Online is a suite of tools including the:
We Can Grow Garden Planner, that will help you plan when to sow your seeds and harvest your crops. It will make sure you plant the right crops with each other using straight forward plant family colours and even tell you when there’s going to be a frost so you can cover up your precious plants if necessary. You can even publish a link for your pupils to show off to parents or social media.
We Can Grow Journal, lets you record everything you do, enabling you to build up a historic record of your schools growing journey, helping your pupils document all the things they get right and of course (more importantly and more often than not) what they get wrong!! You will be able to show future growers when and what variety of plants you had sown, when you weeded and even how often you watered!! You could refence any little experiments you decided to carry out and whether they were successful or not and what you would do differently for the next growing season? The We Can Grow Journal is an invaluable tool for providing a compressive and historic information to Ofsted and is the perfect record of activities for accounting for Pupil Premium Funding. You can even share the journal with parents giving a great window for them to see the activities your school is providing.
We Can Grow Information Cards, providing your school with a powerful and comprehensive knowledge base of plants, vegetables, bugs and insects. giving you an ideal resource, useful facts and a raft of referencing sources.
We Can Grow Online Fortnightly Newsletters, Every other week we will send you our informative videos as well as useful tips. We even tell you what to do next based on the plants your school has selected in your Garden Planner.
Frequently asked questions
How many students per class?
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How much does it cost?
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Enter App Settings
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What happens out of term time?
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Click on the question you would like to attach a video to
When editing your answer, click on the video icon and then paste the YouTube or Vimeo video URL
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Do you need the help of any staff?
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