Residents at Mountview care home in Rothley, Leicester have been enjoying a spot of gardening with the help of the Mountsorrel Beavers Scouts.
Children aged between 6 and 8 joined forces with the Mountview residents to create an eye catching rainbow themed garden design in the garden, paying tribute to social care, NHS, and other healthcare staff that have worked at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Residents spent time outdoors with the Beavers, providing useful gardening tips such as how to correctly plant flowers and bulbs in order to get the most bloom and how to maintain gardens with weed and pest maintenance techniques.
Resident, Betty Allen, said, ‘I have really enjoyed our garden visit from the Beaver Scouts, it is nice to see the clubs still exist as I have really fond memories from my days in the scouts. I was pleased to see the lads doing some planting and weeding, leaving their print on our garden. I am really proud of them and they definitely deserved their new gardening achievement badges – well done to them all’.
Local garden centre, Debbie’s, based in Rothley, gave the Mountview team free reign to shop until they dropped, as they gifted over 30 punnets of Hyacinths, Pansies and tulips, in a multitude of colours to fit the theme. The home also received many packets of sunflower seeds to grow over the summer.
The rainbow garden will be one of the centrepieces for the Mountview’s Gardens in Bloom competition entry, a contest across all Ideal care homes which encourages both staff and residents to work together to embrace their love of the great outdoors.
Scouts leader, Alison Harris, who arranged the gardening club and presented the Beaver Scouts with their gardening achievement badges, said, ‘It has been wonderful watching our Beavers work together with the Mountview residents to create such a lovely tribute garden. It has been a really long time since we were able to take on new badge work, so it was all the more special to have the residents cheer on our Beavers as we handed out everyone’s Gardening badges. I know the children will be back soon to take part in more exciting activities, challenges and fundraisers!’.
Mountview Home Manager, Stacie Weaver, said, ‘Receiving a visit from the Beaver Scouts has been a real high point for us all. They have such a wonderful ‘can do’ attitude and it really showed in the work they did in our garden. Since their visit, we have had super feedback on our NHS themed flower patch and I look forward to presenting it to our Ideal Gardens in Bloom judges and explaining how much fun we had putting it together!’.
Mountview care home, based on Loughborough Road and operated by Ideal Carehomes, provides 24-hour residential and dementia care, offering high-quality personalised care on an inclusive fee basis. The home is currently welcoming new residents for short and long term placements. For more information about Mountview, contact Stacie Weaver on 0116 303 3303 or visit https://ichlive1.wpengine.com.