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Orbit and Mitie open brand new patio garden for customers at Sherwood House in Hastings

Mitie, the facilities management company, together with their client and housing association, Orbit South, celebrated the opening of a communal patio garden at Sherwood House, one of Orbit’s independent living schemes in Hastings.

Sherwood House is home to 68 Orbit customers over the age of 55, who are able to live independently, but also have support available if they need it.

The new patio is a great example of partnership working, funded by Mitie Community Investment Fund, and it offers Orbit customers a quiet outside area for rest and relaxation.

Creating a level exit from the communal lounge with accessible benches and tables for drinks, means all customers and their visitors can sit outdoors and enjoy the landscaped gardens.

Simon Church, senior partnering manager at Mitie, said:

The new patio garden offers residents of Sherwood House the chance to relax and unwind and is a demonstration of our commitment to their health and wellbeing, particularly for Orbit’s older customers.

As an organisation, we understand the impact that the quality of your home and the environment in which you live has on your health and wellbeing. Initiatives such as these help us bridge those links. A huge thank to all the team involved in making this such a success.

Anna Wilson-Patterson, Orbit Scheme Officer at Sherwood House said:

The patio is beautifully crafted and a well-loved addition to Sherwood House. It provides a therapeutic and peaceful haven for customers to enjoy the lavender, hydrangeas, birdsong and read the paper, with the added benefit of seeing a neighbour and having a catch up.