Team work to build fish pond at Buxton House

21st October 2010

Making it happen. Trisha Ashby-Rudd with (L-R) Rob Easton (Senior Site Manager, Morgan Sindall), Ricky Williams (Property Services Manager, Care South), Mark Atkins, and Paul Finch (Project Manager, Morgan Sindall)

When the residents of Buxton House care home in Weymouth asked for a raised fish pond, it soon became a project which involved many in the local community.

Trisha Ashby-Rudd, the home manager, said: “It was really amazing how so many people pulled together to make this happen for us.”

The pond is now a focal point in the secure garden in the grounds of Buxton House, and is now home to goldfish and koi carp provided by the residents and their families.

The project was part-funded by the home’s amenities fund which provides entertainment and outings for the residents, but local people and businesses were only to happy to help.

Local carpenter Mark Atkins, whose partner Julie Mitchell is an administrator at Buxton House, led the construction of the surround for the raised pond using 9ft long reclaimed railway sleepers, also fitting and completing the pond and water feature. Weymouth businesses also stepped in to help: one ton of sand was given by Harold Doonan Building Materials and an electric pump was supplied by Pye Hill Electrics.

Trisha set her sights even higher when some topsoil was needed for the pond’s surround. She sought the help of construction company Morgan Sindall, which is building the new Weymouth fire station nearby. “They not only said ‘yes’ and delivered the topsoil to us,” she said “but they have continued to show great interest in the project,” said Trisha. Paul Finch, Project Manager with Morgan Sindall, said, “We have been only too pleased to help with this, and will continue to help if we can. It has provided a great deal of interest and enjoyment for the residents of Buxton House.”

Buxton House is one of the Care South group of residential care homes. Poole-based Care South provides high quality residential and home care across the south of England.