Published: Friday 21st April 2017
Staff at Bowbridge Court care home in Newark have been helping residents to rediscover their green fingers during National Gardening Week.
Jean Gregory, who has lived at Bowbridge Court for just under a year, mentioned in a recent Social Committee Meeting how much she missed planting and pruning. Jean, who is 88 years old, had always had a well-cared for garden at her home in Newark and missed pottering outside, especially during the Spring and Summer months. Staff listened to Jean’s request and immediately set about booking a trip for her and other residents to visit the local garden centre.
Jean relished wandering round the vast assortment of plants and shrubs and she picked a selection of vibrant bedding plants to take back to her home. Jean also gathered a few packs of vegetable seeds which she is hoping could be used to create some culinary delights later on in the year.
Back at Bowbridge Court, Jean claimed one of the many raised beds in the landscaped gardens and enlisted the help of fellow green fingered resident, Mavis O’Leary. They both set to work turning over the soil, sowing the new seeds and planting the flowers.
Jean is thrilled with her efforts, and is looking forward to nurturing the existing plants and expanding her plot for all the residents to enjoy. She said, “Gardening is very important to me, I love being outside and feel much more relaxed in the fresh air. I am really enjoying planning and tending to the gardens at Bowbridge Court.”
Home Manager, Emma Pickett, can’t believe the difference that Jean has made to the gardens already. She said, “The recent warm weather has been great, we have had all the doors open and we have been lunching in the garden. When Jean said that she missed tending to her own garden, we knew there was lots she could do in ours, and it is great that the start of the project has coincided with National Gardening Week. Jean and Mavis have done a grand job already and I am sure everyone will enjoy sitting out more now.”
Bowbridge Court, which is operated by Ideal Carehomes, provides residential and dementia care for 54 local older people. Through a varied programme of activities and trips, highly nutritious food and inspirational spaces, the home provides residents with person-centred care, creating aspirational lifestyle choices. Jean and Mavis are looking forward to tending to their plots, and enjoying the fruits of the labour over the summer months.