December 6 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Bloomin’ marvellous staff and residents at a care home in Norwich have proven their green fingered credentials by winning a national award.
Organised by care provider, Barchester Healthcare, the Barchester in Bloom gardening competition saw Gryphon Place, off Wroxham Road, Sprowston, scoop the Best Resident’s Garden or Project award.
The smallest home in the company - with just six beds - staff, residents and their families helped to turn the garden into an area of beauty.
General manager, Paula Sorcoiu, explained that the team worked together to plant colourful pink, red, violet and yellow flowers and also paint recycled tyres and baked bean cans to use as pots.
She said: “In the end we managed to achieve something lovely. It’s such a big achievement.”
She added that the colours of the flowers had given the garden the “wow factor”.
The competition promotes the imaginative planting of flowers and shrubs in the gardens of its homes at more than 200 places across the UK.
And when making their selection, the judges consider the design and quality of floral designs, the imaginative use of shrubs and trees, as well as the benefits to residents, staff and the local community.
Celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock awarded the care home as the winner at a recent awards ceremony at the Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club in East Sussex.
She said: “Bloom is a fantastic way to encourage our service users to connect with their outdoor environments and really make the garden an extension of their home.
“The competition always unearths plenty of talented gardeners that grow colourful hanging baskets, create sensory gardens and beautifully kept grounds that look spectacular, making the homes an inviting place to be all year round.”
At Barchester homes a new Woodland Trust initiative “We’re going to the Woods” has been launched which will see staff trained by the Woodland Trust’s VisitWoods partner, Dementia Adventure, to guide residents and their families in their local woods.
The project provides resources such as nature swatches to identify different species of trees, flowers and insects.