Our Top 9 Green Week Activities
Oakland Care celebrated Green Week last week and our Care Homes all arranged activities for their residents to mark the occasion. Have a read below to find out about just some of the things that took place.
Lambwood Heights – Biodiversity Garden
Our Lambwood Heights Care Home and team members from Head Office have been preparing the ground for their wildlife garden as part of our biodiversity plans. The building of their beautiful wildflower garden was amazing! The home has a wonderful pond for both residents and staff to enjoy. We are so excited to see all the creatures that will call the pond home in the coming weeks, months and years!
The Lambwood Heights Care Home team is committed to creating a beautiful and sustainable environment for all to enjoy. We can’t wait to see their progress as they continue to work on their wildlife garden. Together, we’re making a difference for the planet!
Hyllden Heights – Local Church Clean-up
Our Hyllden Heights Care Home team and residents participated in greener week activities by volunteering in a local church clean-up. They also worked with children from a nearby primary school to clean up the large playground behind their school.
Cleaning our environment is essential; it helps reduce pollution and waste and prevent harmful materials from entering our waterways, harming wildlife and polluting the air. It’s a big job, but keeping our planet clean and healthy is worth it and if we all do a little bit, it becomes a lot easier too!
Also, the Green Team and colleagues from our Head Office team joined forces to work on the wildlife garden project at the home. It was great to see everyone putting in the effort to promote sustainability and enhance the biodiversity of the home’s garden space. It’s all part of Oakland Care’s dedication to creating a better environment for all.
Hastings Court – Meeting Recorra (Our waste management provider)
Our Hastings Court care home welcomed Adam from Recorra, the home’s waste management provider. They visited and gave a very informative and interesting talk on how waste management can have an impact on saving the Earth for future generations. To find out more about Oakland Cares waste management policy, please have a read here.
Elsyng House – Planting Trees
The Green Team from our Elsyng House care home joined forces with some colleagues from our Head Office to volunteer with ‘Friends of Broomfield Park’, Oakland Care’s third-year volunteering to plant trees.
The team had a fantastic time working together to prepare the wildlife meadow for the winter, learning how to scythe the traditional way, spending time near the wetlands, and planting an oak tree to complete the day. Despite the cold, wet weather, everyone worked together to ensure they completed the tree planting and felt great pride! The entire team felt happy to have contributed to the community and environment!
Beechwood Grove – Eastbourne Beach Clean
Our Beechwood Grove care home joined forces with Plastic Free Eastbourne to join the big #EastbourneBeachClean. Plastic Free Eastbourne is dedicated to reducing the amount of plastic waste in the community through methods such as reusing, recycling, and rescuing. As we all know, plastic waste has become a major issue that affects our environment and wildlife.
Green Champion Mo, was joined by General Manager Dean, Head Office team member Lisa, Christine, Spencer, Catherine and Sarah from Lifestyles and residents Sybil, Pat and David. The team also had some little helpers to help with the efforts too.
Thank you, Plastic Free Eastbourne, for inviting the team along!
Maplewood Court – Litter Picking in Mote Park
Our Maplewood Court team and residents volunteered in litter picking in Maidstone’s Mote Park to tackle plastic pollution and keep the environment clean.
Taking care of the planet is important, not just for us but for the wildlife and the waterways that surround us. Not to forget, being out in nature and doing something good for the environment feels right. It’s was also a fantastic way for our team members and residents to get some exercise and breathe in some fresh air, which can also improve your wellbeing.
Elmbrook Court – Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
Our Elmbrook Court care home team members volunteered their time for our #GreenWeek and participated in a great cause.
They worked on cutting back overhanging trees and planted saplings alongside the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust. It was a great opportunity for them to give back to the community and work towards restoring, conserving, and improving the route of the Wilts & Berks Canal. The team are proud to be part of such a great initiative!
Birchwood Heights – Wildlife Garden
Our team at Birchwood Heights had some amazing helpers from Orchard Academy! The students joined the team for some gardening activities. Together, they tidied the garden, re-filled the bird feeders, and turned old tyres into planters for the home’s new Wildlife Garden.
It was great to see the intergenerational collaboration and everyone had a wonderful time. The team can’t wait to work on more gardening projects together in the future!
Woodland Grove – Orchid Garden at Lee Valley Park
Our Woodland Grove care home’s Green team attended a garden clear-up volunteering event at the Orchid Garden at Lee Valley’s Regional Park. The Lee Valley volunteer team Rangers were incredibly kind and hospitable, making the team feel right at home. The Rangers commented, “A massive thank you to these wonderful volunteers; hope to see you again soon on another task”.
The team commented, “The experience was truly amazing, and I can’t wait to join them for another volunteer job in the future”. It’s incredible how much can be accomplished when everyone is on the same page and willing to lend a helping hand to nurture and protect the environment.
As you can see from the activities we have carried out, we really take our role in protecting our planet very seriously, not just during this week in September but all year round. To find out more about what Oakland Care does all year round to be as sustainable as possible, please have a read of our Sustainability Policy and why we really are the Greener Care Choice.