Sunderland care home in bloom after winning national gardening competition


Freya and flowerpot people3 Flowerpot display2Green fingered residents and staff at a Sunderland care home have been celebrating after winning a national horticultural competition which encourages care homes to get creative when decorating their gardens.

The grounds at Barnes Court Care Home have been taken over by flower pot people. These cute and eco-friendly decorations have been handmade by the residents and staff at Barnes Court who formed teams to make their own unique creations by up-cycling cans, yoghurt pots and plant pots.

A flowerpot family, wheelbarrow baby, fairy and even the Minions from ‘Despicable Me’ are just some of the colourful characters created for the display.

Alongside the flowerpot people, the home’s gardens are in full bloom with a variety of flowers, hanging baskets and potted plants. Thorburns of Hendon provided expert advice on the types of plants to use and supplied flowers to Barnes Court. The display was then created by residents and staff at the home who potted plants, planted seeds and helped to plan the layout.

The annual gardening competition, known as ‘The Doorstep Challenge’, is held by UK Care providers The Maria Mallaband Care Group and Countrywide Care Homes with their 68 residential and nursing homes across the UK, Scotland and Northern Ireland participating. The aim of the challenge is for each home to make the entrance to their home look bright and colourful, creating a ‘wow factor’.

Barnes Court Care Home, located in High Barnes, offers residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for the elderly and care for young adults with physical disabilities.

Julie Haram, Activities Coordinator at Barnes Court, Said: “We were absolutely over the moon to have won the competition. A lot of love and effort went into creating our flowerpot people and it’s wonderful to have the hard work of our residents and staff recognised.”

“Our entrance has been attracting a lot of attention from passers by and we’ve had some lovely comments from families and visitors. Barnes Infant School is just opposite the road so we can’t wait to see the reaction of the children when they get back to school.”


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