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Langley Mill Wellbeing Garden

11 May 2021

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs. The benefits of nature on mental health are widely recognized, proven to improve stress management, reduce anxiety, and raise confidence levels.  This week (10-16 May) we mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Over the last few months, the team at our Langley Mill site came together to create a wellbeing garden, transforming a disused corner of the facility grounds into a haven for nature, reflection, and tranquility. 

The idea behind the wellbeing garden is to create a space that provides a relaxing and peaceful environment to reflect, regather, or simply to eat lunch. “We have an outstanding safety culture within Toray, which extends not only to the physical safety of our colleagues, but their mental wellbeing too.” says Jason Wilde, Production Manager. “The benefit of the garden extends beyond its creation, as the act of gardening can be just as soothing”.

The design was a collaborative approach, kick-started by a competition that received many well-thought-out concepts. The final design incorporated suggestions from across the competition entries and includes wildlife-friendly plants to encourage pollinators and birds, a sensory herb garden, and a water feature. Disused pallets from the warehouse have been upcycled and converted into benches. Colleagues converted the design into reality, working together to create a lasting space that can be enjoyed for years to come!

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