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Ebor Court Home is Bloomin’ Lovely

Published: Tuesday 30th July 2019

Residents Dorothy Harrison and Sylvia Varley celebrate Ebor Courts Gardens in Bloom victory

Ebor Court wins regional ‘Gardens in Bloom’ contest with a little help from students at Applefields School

York care home, Ebor Court, has been crowned the North Yorkshire winner of Ideal Carehome’s annual ‘Gardens in Bloom’ competition.

The contest, which launched in May, encouraged both staff and residents across the operator’s 18 homes to work together to embrace their love of the great outdoors by devising and implementing an exciting revamp for their outdoor spaces.

Plans for Ebor Court’s garden transformation were pioneered by residents, who also decided to call upon the talents of students at nearby Applefields Satellite School based at Manor C of E Academy, who, as part of their curriculum, are taught horticultural and practical life skills.

After meeting with the young people to brainstorm ideas, the gardening team decided to start from scratch and removed all of the home’s original flower beds, replacing them with new more colourful varieties of plants and shrubs such as hydrangeas and lavender, along with the creation of a brand new herb garden. 

Ebor Court’s lifestyle manager, Susie Carman, said:“We’re absolutely thrilled to be the North Yorkshire Winner – all of the credit must go to our amazing residents and our wonderful helpers at Applefields Satellite School. We simply couldn’t have completed a task of this size without their help. It’s clear that school is harbouring a new generation of budding gardeners. Our outdoor spaces have never looked better and we’re so lucky to be able to enjoy this warm weather in such an idyllic setting!”

Stacey Linn, Ideal Carehomes’ Director, said: “Ebor Court should be very proud to be our North Yorkshire winner – our  judges were astonished at just how much effort and thought had clearly gone into their project. The home’s partnership with Applefields Satellite School is a perfect example of how local organisations can work together to benefit the whole community and we know that our residents are looking forward to welcoming the students back to enjoy their new outdoor haven very soon.” 

The home now enters the final round of the competition, whereby judges will visit all regional winners in four weeks’ time to decide upon a national victor.

Ebor Court, on Great North Way in Nether Poppleton is proud to be rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission. It provides 24 hour residential and dementia care for 64 people on an inclusive fee basis for total peace of mind.

Boasting spacious lounges, a hair salon and cinema room, residents can enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities, managed by a dedicated lifestyle manager.

To contact Ebor Court, please call 01904 782 708 or email