Published on June 18, 2021

Throughout the summer term, NHC Aspire students in Supported Studies have been busy transforming a garden space into their very own ‘secret garden’.

The purpose of the transformation project was to provide a peaceful space for outdoor learning, relaxation, and wellbeing.

The project took off thanks to a generous donation of bedding plants from the Tesco store in Baldock as part of their community initiative.

Sam Gates, Service Manager at Tesco (Baldock) said: “Tesco has always helped out within the community where we can by donating our surplus food to food banks and charitable donations. We have a number of charitable organisations that we help out by donating items for raffles or equipment that they need.

We recently opened a garden centre within the Baldock store and had a large number of plants that we would be unable to sell, so I decided that the best thing to do would be to donate them to local schools, colleges, retirement homes and other organisations. It was just so lovely to bring some colour into people’s lives, with some of the stories of what people had gone through over the last year. It has been great to see what has been done with the flowers and some of the thank you cards and messages I have received, it’s been really heart-warming.”



Deborah McCreath, Aspire Course Team Leader said: “I would like to thank [Learning Support Assistants] Trevor Little, Ross Wheatland and Chris Taunt who have gone above and beyond to support the students and myself to create the garden and construct the furniture. Also, the NET students who raised the money to create the garden the year before lockdown by working hard in their winter fayre.”

Following the completion of the garden transformation, one Aspire student said: “I loved working on the secret garden project. It’s my favourite place [in the college] because it makes me happy.”

For information on our Supported Studies courses, click here.