Carebase, a group of private care homes in the South East and East Anglia, specialising in nursing, residential and dementia care, ran a gardening competition in all of its homes with incredible results recently.
During July the care home company encouraged its ten care homes to do up their gardens, plant flowers, set up allotments and add new features with the help of £1000 worth of funds provided for each home by Carebase head office.
Each of the homes also contributed to the gardening budget through fundraising events and, as well as residents and staff getting involved, some of the homes managed to incorporate a lot of community involvement too.
After weeks of beautifying the gardens, judging took place last week by two Directors of Carebase, Nicola Coveney, Managing Director; and Mike Hirsch, Property Director. On Friday 25 July celebrity guest, Charlie Dimmock, presented the winner and runner up with their certificates and prizes after visiting the winning gardens. There were also prizes to some of the homes for ‘special contributions’.
They overall winner of the competition was Honey Lane care home in Waltham Abbey, which enjoyed a visit from Charlie Dimmock and the first prize of a fully paid late summer garden party including food, wine and live entertainment of the winner’s choice. They also received a winner’s certificate signed by Charlie and a sweet hamper to divide up amongst residents and staff. Honey Lane took first place thanks to the amazing transformation of the garden, with a hand built water feature made from whiskey casks, a recycled potting stand and even an aviary of budgies for all the residents and staff to enjoy.
The runner up was 1 Sewardstone Close in Sewardstone, which received a runner up certificate signed by Charlie, presented after she had enjoyed the gardens, as well as the runner up prize of an ice cream van to visit the home once a month during the summer months and a burger van during the winter. The home earned its second place for outstanding creativity, resident and community involvement, new features and its overall journey.
The four homes that received Special Contribution prizes of gardening vouchers include Acorn Court in Redhill, Alderwood in Colchester, Bramley Court in Histon and The Spinney in Chingford.
All the homes really relished the challenge very much and residents and staff from every home feel like winners as they are now able to enjoy the new, improved, beautiful gardens that are there to cultivate and relax in for many months to come.