We were approached recently by Endsliegh Garden Centre who recently spent the Summer regenerating the gardens at Saltash.net’s “The Zone” after they were vandalised. Endsleigh wanted an opening of the gardens organised, so we got to work, organised press (Cornish Times, Saltash Observer, Plymouth Hearld, LoveSaltash, Cornish Guardian, Ivybridge Gazette, South Hams Gazette, Plymouth Parents and Devon & Cornwall Parents) to come along to the opening which was carried out by the Saltash Mayor.
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With help from generous donations from Trago Mills, B&M, Tesco and Endsleigh, the regeneration of the Zone’s new gardens was able to take place.
Matt Pollard of Endsleigh Garden Centre, Ivybridge, responded to Zone pupil’s requests for donations to help replace vandalised garden furniture and plants for the outdoor area which is a vital space for socialising and learning for the Zone pupils.
The Trematon Zone is a part of the saltash.net community, specialising in meeting the needs of 17 young people with complex special needs from South East Cornwall.
The Endsleigh team of volunteers came in over the school holidays donating over 100 hours and a wide range of stock worth over £2,000 for the students return.
The Mayor of Saltash, Cllr Hilary Frank and Consort was greeted by Zone pupils on Monday. The Mayor spent time visiting the Zone before officially opening the garden which includes new sensory area, quiet areas, wildlife area with pond, seating, vegetable planters, fruit trees and an upgraded accommodation for the Zone rabbits, thanks to Endsleigh.
The Endsleigh staff spent the remainder of the day planting winter vegetables with the students in the new planters.