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Green fingered staff bring rest and relaxation to Rushden

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Published by Rebecca Mills for Longhurst Group in Environment and also in Health

Lynn Stubbs, Director of Business Services at Spire Homes opened the garden. Lynn Stubbs, Director of Business Services at Spire Homes opened the garden.

Staff at Spire Homes have been enjoying a new communal garden as part of the company’s internal health and wellbeing programme, Mi Life.

The garden opened on 14th April to coincide with Gardening Week. Staff have been brushing up on their gardening skills by taking advantage of green-themed hints, tips and competitions in the office.

Everyone is being encouraged to make the most of the area, not just for a bit of much deserved rest and relaxation, but also for One-to-Ones and team meetings- when the weather permits of course! The 6m x 6m area has been screened for privacy, making it the ideal cozy corner for staff to enjoy their lunch in the summer and to rewind and have a natter.

When entering the garden, visitors are greeted with a water feature, bean bags, potted plants and seating sheltered by parasols. Staff were encouraged to get involved where possible in the building of the garden, and the seating and furniture was put together by their own hands- some of them DIY first timers!

Everybody gathered for the unveiling of their new garden at Crown Court; even the sun made a brief appearance, making it easy to imagine taking some time out during the day to visit the garden and relax.

“Having an outdoor area for staff to use was an important step for us,” said Lynn Stubbs, Director of Business Services at Spire Homes. “Getting outside for a bit of fresh air now and again can really help people feel more relaxed. We wanted to create somewhere that encouraged people to unwind.”

The garden seems to be doing the trick for staff who are already putting the garden to good use. Fingers are crossed for a bright summer and many more lunch times spent under the parasols!

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