News News Ettrick’s sustainable haven Our Ettrick service has created a new garden space filled with wild planters. As a place of peace and tranquillity, the garden will encourage our supported people to hone their green-fingered skills, take up a new hobby, and learn about horticulture, local plants and wildlife. Starting with easy to fill planters, the wild garden idea was suggested as a way of bringing colour, greenery and peace to a patch of unused land. The planters were initially full of weeds and required lots of attention. John and Norman delved into this project, choosing seeds, designs and researching wild flower displays. So far, they have planted rudbeckia, sunflowers and coreopsis - leading to a colourful and sweet smelling garden. The countdown is on to see how many honey bees can be spotted. The planters are the start of a trial, and we have a vision to create another wild space at our neighbouring service in Merchiston. Once the initial seeds bloom, John and Norman are planning to plant bulbs and poppies to add to the wild nature and diversity of the planter. Hazel King, a support practitioner, said: “It’s been lovely to see John and Norman working together to create and develop our wild garden planters. Projects like this really highlight the benefits of working together, and what we can achieve as a team. We’re already looking forward to spring and thinking about what might come next.” If you would like to find out more about receiving support from Carr Gomm, get in touch via our online form.