Brinnington Hall care home, located on Middlesex Road, has been crowned the ‘Communal Garden’ winner in the annual Stockport Homes Gardening Competition 2020 thanks to the creation of a brightly coloured outdoor crazy golf course complete with handmade windmill, lighthouse and castles!
The contest, which launched in May, encourages both veteran gardeners and those with newly-found green fingers to work together to create an exciting revamp for their outdoor spaces that everybody can enjoy. The contest is split into four categories which local Stockport homes can enter, including best individual garden, best communal garden, best container or hanging basket and best fruit or vegetable garden.
Residents and staff introduced a ‘Golf’ theme for their garden masterpiece after discussing it during their monthly committee meeting and agreeing that they wanted a fun space with lots of activities and things to do and see. The team set to work creating the brightly coloured obstacles for the golf course and since the unveiling, residents have taken part in ‘crazy golf’ tournaments and regularly compete to achieve the best par per hole!
The rest of the garden has also been transformed and there is now a ‘fairy garden’ featuring mini fairy houses, a ‘bug garden’ to attract new wildlife, bee hotels and a ‘rainbow garden’ to pay homage to the key workers rainbow symbol that has united the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Residents wrote messages on rainbow painted wooden spoons which now sit amongst the flowers to display their messages of appreciation, hope and love to the key workers.
84 year-old Resident, Reginald MacNeill, said, ‘I am so proud of how the garden areas turned out! It is wonderful to be part of the Stockport community and to have been able to create such relaxing, yet fun spaces that everybody can enjoy is so rewarding. The first prize is the icing on the cake!’.
Jenny Osbourne, Chair of the Board, Stockport Homes, said, ‘With the strange year that 2020 has been and the increased time people spend at home, the importance of gardening and its mental health benefits is only highlighted in these difficult times. Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to all our winners!’.
Home Manager, Rachel McIntosh, said, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be crowned the best communal garden winner. All of the credit must go to our amazing residents who embraced the competition with such gusto. We are extremely grateful to have had such overwhelming support from our residents families, our staff team and local businesses that generously donated to our garden project. It really has been a labour of love and we are so glad to see the judges were as thrilled with our garden creation as we are!’
Brinnington Hall operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential care home based in Stockport. Residents can enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities managed by a dedicated team of carers. For more information, contact Rachel on 0161 406 3040 or visit www.idealcarehomes.co.uk.