Published: Wednesday 25th September 2019
Urmston care home De Brook Lodge has been crowned the national winner of Ideal Carehome’s annual ‘Gardens in Bloom’ competition, taking home the top accolade.
The care home on Irlam Road was up against some strong competition, with 18 of the group’s homes from across the country battling it out for the top prize. In August, De Brook Lodge secured its place as the North West finalist and went head to head with four other regional finalists from West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and the Midlands.
De Brook Lodge scooped first place thanks to its community involvement, with staff, residents and local volunteers joining forces to transform the gardens.
The contest, which launched in May, encouraged both staff and residents to work together to embrace their love of the great outdoors by devising and implementing an exciting revamp for their outdoor spaces. Residents’ wish lists included adding a splash of colour, new places to sit and relax, and a plot where they could grow their own produce to share with the rest of the home.
Working with staff and volunteers from the local community, the residents introduced new seating areas, painted fences and flowerbeds, decorated planters and birdhouses with local school children, and planted up new hanging baskets and pots. The residents also created a new vegetable garden, which is already producing fresh ingredients for the whole home to enjoy. To entertain younger visitors, residents introduced a special fairy garden and a pebble hunt, where visitors can search the grounds for colourfully decorated pebbles.
The garden transformation was a real community effort, with some paints, materials and helping hands provided by Chep UK, Wellacre Boys’ School, St Monica’s School, B&Q, M41 Tyres, Beseeka’s, OT Creative Space and local electrician Bob Large.
De Brook Lodge lifestyle manager, Danielle Aikenhead, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the national prize. It has been a fantastic experience, bringing our residents and local community together, and we are now the proud owners of an award-winning garden, which we can all enjoy for years to come. We are extremely grateful to have had such overwhelming support from so many local businesses and schools - we couldn’t have done it without them.”
Callum Young, son of resident, Doreen Young, added: “Doreen loves a spot of gardening so she’s really enjoyed being involved in the competition and making the grounds look even better than before. It was great to see the residents come together, with the support of the staff and local community to make it happen. It’s lovely that my mum has such a fantastic outdoor space to enjoy, and I know she’s very proud of the home’s award winning gardens.”
Stacey Linn, Ideal Carehomes’ Director, said: “De Brook Lodge took our brief and tackled it head on, bringing residents, relatives, staff and the local community together to create something really special. When we visited in August to judge the garden, we were blown away with the care and effort that had clearly gone into their project. From the colourful flowerbeds and seating areas, to the vegetable garden and knitted bike, the teams’ creativity really shines through and they were a clear winner in our eyes. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
De Brook Lodge provides 24 hour residential and dementia care for up to 52 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 De Brook Lodge, please call 0161 755 9750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.