Halstead, near Colchester, Essex, is renowned for its gardening culture and its passion for horticulture. So, when our Beridge Road care scheme won the Halstead in Bloom award last year, local residents knew it must be a pretty special outdoor space.

Keen not to stop there, Ella Dixon, our new Greening Communities project worker in Essex recently worked with our customers at the Beridge Road scheme to organise the planting of a new camomile lawn.

Ella and staff from the scheme worked with customers from North Essex to plant 300 young dwarf camomile plants to improve the look of the outside space and bring joy to our residents. Camomile is often used as a replacement to grass lawns in sensory gardens because of its more unusual scent and texture when it fills out.

We hope that with the support from the Greening Communities project the garden will continue to be appreciated and praised as an excellent outside space.

Gav, one of the youth volunteers involved in the planting said:

It is already a lovely garden but this will make it look even nicer. I like getting out of the house and coming to do outdoor work, I want to keep busy and doing exercise helps me sleep better.