An Environmental Project at Cromwell Road Resource Centre is already a real success with rare newts returning to the site following pond refurbishment. Though the three UK newt species are difficult to tell apart our visitors are thought to be “Smooth Newts“.
The Project only began in earnest last month and has ambitious plans to improve the outdoor environment to benefit the service users at the Centre who have disabilities or complex needs.
Barry Edis, Community Support Facilitator at Cromwell Road said:
“Wow, nice to see some residents taking refuge, after all the hard work that went into the refurbishing of the pond and surroundings by many staff members.”
Staff successfully applied to the Care Plus Group “Innovation fund” for a range of environmental works at the site for the benefit of service users and the environment.
The project is increasing the awareness of the outdoors environment for services users and staff, using wildlife cameras and a weather station to provide a bridge between the outside and inside of the building.
Mandy Matthews, Cromwell Road Service Manager said:
“Staff have worked so hard on this project and we are all really excited about further improving our lovely grounds for the benefit of all of our service users.”
Further work is planned to encourage more wildlife including a wildflower area and bug hotels to attract insects and a dedicated lavender area to support bee populations.
The environmental activities associated with this project will ensure all those involved are outdoors and benefiting from the concept of a “green gym”, which aims to provide people with a way to enhance their fitness and physical and mental health, while taking action to improve the outdoor environment. It will enable people to get fit who would not normally attend a conventional gym or sports centre.