Community support makes new Ellery House garden a reality

It was a special day in April with the unveiling of a recognition plaque in the new Ellery House front garden at Castlemaine Health.

Juliet Guy, a Midwife and Registered Nurse at Castlemaine Health, took on the life-changing challenge of walking over 700 km on the El Camino Trail in Spain last year. Juliet wanted to give meaning to every step of the walk by raising funds to beautify the Ellery House gardens.

Juliet’s efforts were rewarded with over $1200 raised. Local business ASQ Skydancers put their considerable expertise into the project by drawing up the garden plans, providing beautiful plants, pavers and a fountain at a discounted rate. The Castlemaine Men’s Shed brought their skills to the table by renovating and repainting three bench seats in a cheery shade of blue to match Ellery House.

A long-term dream for Ellery House staff, the Ellery House front garden is now reality. The garden features a soothing water feature, native plants and seating for residents, family, staff and volunteers. Residents enjoy the garden every day. It has become a well-being space for people to sit quietly in the sun, make new friendships and spend time with family and friends.

Castlemaine Health is extremely grateful to Juliet, ASQ Skydancers, the Castlemaine Men’s Shed and the community who supported Juliet’s walk with their donations.


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