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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 11:00
A team of volunteers worked all day to spruce up the gardens of the Trevern care home in Falmouth.
The home, which looks after 40 people with dementia and nursing needs, is the sixth of Cornwall Care’s 16 homes to have its outdoor space transformed.
Cornwall Care is working with the Eden Project and The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) on the volunteer scheme.
Yesterday (Tuesday June 9) a group of nine people from the three organisations put on their gardening boots and gloves and got to work on the open spaces surrounding the home in Melvill Road near Falmouth seafront.
Some of the volunteers brought plants they grew themselves and there were further donations from the Eden Project and Kernock Park Plants based near Saltash.
One of the team, Cornwall Care Fundraising Manager Jan Burns, said: “We have had a magical day where once again a great group of people has dug deep to transform one of our gardens.   
“We’ve weeded, we’ve planted, we’ve painted and we’ve repaired and replaced some of the furniture around the gardens.
“I’m sure the wonderful staff and residents at Trevern will appreciate their revamped surroundings thanks to the great efforts of our volunteers.”
The teams of volunteers are being guided in the gardening arts by Lucy Wenger, who is Harvest Manager for the National Wildflower Centre, part of the Eden Project.  
Lucy said: “We’ve had super days transforming gardens so far and today in Falmouth was certainly one of them.     
“It was a delight to meet some of the staff at Trevern and to see how appreciative they were of our efforts to give the gardens a good tidy up and bring some fresh colour with new shrubs and flowers.”
In the remainder of this week there are two more makeovers planned at Cornwall Care homes in Carbis Bay.
In the coming weeks volunteers will be working on gardens at homes in Helston, Camborne, Redruth, Liskeard, Callington and Launceston.
The Eden Project and TCCG’s involvement in the gardening project came out of a conversation with Cornwall Care about how they could help give key workers the recognition they deserve.
The three organisations hope to be able to secure funding and sponsorship to enable more substantial makeovers.
Staff from Cornwall College’s Creative and Digital Academy are joining the volunteers with their cameras to record the makeovers. 
TCCG and Cornwall Care recently launched The Care Academy at Cornwall College St Austell, dedicated to training the next generation of care workers and upskilling those who already have a career in the sector.