Customers enjoyed a wet and wild day out at the Royal Botanical Gardens, thanks to the Greening Communities team.

Customers came down from Essex and across London to meet at the gardens, where we saw some rather unusual plant and animal species including some giant lily pads and a cheeky iguana.

Kevin, from Starling Close in Essex, was keen to visit Kew, as he visited many years ago before his brain injury, and was keen to see if he could remember the grounds and plants.

London’s youth volunteers were rewarded for all their hard work on gardening projects this year with the free day out. It was great for them to catch up with some of Family Mosaic’s care customers too. They all agreed that the new sky tower was their favourite part of the gardens.

Keris even managed to overcome her fear of heights to get a good view across the lush green gardens and London skyline beyond.

Of course, the trip did not go without a few hitches; customers almost didn’t make it to Kew in time, when the bus encountered some bad traffic in the centre of London. However, some ‘emergency’ chocolate biscuits and great views of the Tower of London and The Shard helped ease that situation.

Also to be expected with the classic British weather, it started to pour with rain as soon as we stepped off the bus and did not stop until we got back on the bus to go home! That did not stop our customers from enjoying themselves however, it just meant a quick diversion to the indoor greenhouses to warm up and dry off.