Students in Arbour Lodge garden with Head of House Mrs Ray.

Local residents receive garden makeover from WGS students

Residents at Arbour Lodge Care Home in Wolverhampton recently enjoyed an extra special Platinum Jubilee celebration in their newly renovated garden, thanks to the help of Wolverhampton Grammar School students.

The 18 Senior School students, members of Offley House, had garnered the help of Mr Simon Thacker and his generous team at The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company. Mr Thacker kindly donated a wonderful array of plants, hanging baskets, fence paint brushes and paint, compost, gardening and disposable gloves, trowels, forks, flexi tubs and even a bright blue wheelbarrow!

For two consecutive nights after school, the students travelled to Arbour Lodge, donned their overalls and got to work in the garden. From painting fences to jet-washing the patio, they soon planted up a beautiful display for the care home residents to enjoy. The red, white and blue bunting finished everything off nicely and all was set for the jubilee celebrations.

This initiative was part of Offley House’s benevolence education to support the local community. The School’s four senior houses all take part….

Mr Thacker, who has two children at Wolverhampton Grammar School, shared with us:

“WGS has the same principles that I have always tried to teach my children.  I am extremely lucky to be able to send my children to a school like WGS, and as such should be able to support the local community and help those who may not be so lucky; in particular, our older aged community, who in the past have given their time.  It is only right that we are now here for them. When I heard about the project, it was a perfect way of supporting the school, and giving something back.”

If you would like Wolverhampton Grammar School to get involved with your organisation, please contact Jenny Dredger, Director of Marketing and Communications, by email: or telephone 01902 421326.

Offley House’s visit to Arbour Lodge Care Home