Growing a Strong Connection September 2017

Paper Maker Steve Blagrove with the volunteer team from The Falls Estate

The Falls Estate and The Papermill – Growing a strong connection

Staff and residents of the Falls Estate jumped at the chance offered by Volunteering Northland to support The Papermill by tending to their gardens.

Recently two of the Falls Estate gardening team , Chris Allen and Sam Camocamo, the Village Manager, Ros Martin and a resident Ken Barber, spent a morning pulling weeds and chopping back overgrown plants in readiness for planting gardens which will be colourful and vibrant, but easier to care for.

Village Manager, Ros Martin says that she sees the gardening effort as a wonderful opportunity to create a lasting connection between the Falls Estate Village and the Papermill. “Many of our residents have been keen gardeners and love the chance to do something meaningful and special for a group of people in the community who are achieving to their highest ability,” she said.

“We anticipate that we will take these refurbished gardens under our collective wing and keep them looking attractive over time. We also hope that the papermakers will visit us at the Village to inspire us with their amazing art work. It’s the beginning of a long term relationship between the two organisations.”

The Papermill Business Manager, Paula Lang says that they have been thrilled to have the Falls Estate become associated with The Papermill. “While we would love to tend to the gardens ourselves, it’s just not possible – so we are very grateful to The Falls Estate. What they achieved in a morning is more than we could have ever imagined, and we look forward to keeping in touch in a variety of ways with the staff and residents.”