Gardens in Bloom is an annual competition run throughout all Ideal Carehomes to engage our teams, residents and the local community in creating wonderful outside spaces for everyone to enjoy
The standard of all the gardens this year was extremely high and our judges had a very tough decision to choose one overall winner – so they had to pick two! Congratulations to our national winners: Ash Tree House Care Home in Wigan and Launton Grange Care Home in Bicester!
Ash Tree House was chosen due to the huge amount of resident engagement in the creation of the gardens, they even managed to get relatives and the local community involved as much as possible even with the challenges of the pandemic. Their plans for the gardens managed to include those who don’t have green fingers or who wanted to enjoy the gardens from indoors but what stood out to the judges was the thought they put into growing their own produce in the gardens, which is then being used in the kitchen – amazing! Well done Ash Tree House!
Launton Grange was also commended for their resident engagement. They created an educational theme and linked up with the local Wildlife Trust to identify ways to attract wildlife to their gardens. They have already seen an increase in visits from wildlife which residents are thoroughly enjoying. This is an ongoing project for the gardeners at Launton Grange as they hope that in the future, they will be a hub for releasing rescued hedgehogs. A wonderful initiative from everyone at the home – well done!
Congratulations to all our other regional winners:Fairway View Care Home, Woodthorpe Lodge Care Home, De Brook Lodge Care Home and Ashworth Grange Care Home