Birds of prey make flying visit to launch new-look care home garden

Mary Hacking, a resident at Colten Care's Abbots Barton home, comes face-to-face with an owl.
Mary Hacking, a resident at Colten Care’s Abbots Barton home, comes face-to-face with an owl.
A FLYING visit by several birds of prey proved a popular attraction when a Winchester care home unveiled its new-look garden.


Residents, staff and relatives at Colten Care’s Abbots Barton home were treated to a one hour display, including an owl, falcon and a hawk.


The visit, by the Eastleigh-based Falconhigh display team, marked the end of a major garden refurbishment.


The updated garden includes a larger patio area, new walkways and new trees and plants.


Charles Hubberstey, Colten Care’s Head Gardener, assisted by Abbots Barton gardener Emily Truman, officially opened the refurbished garden by cutting a ribbon.


Janet Orchard, Activity Organiser, said: “The garden looks absolutely fantastic and everyone is delighted.


“We had a wonderful day with the birds of prey proving particularly popular.


“There was lots of interaction between the birds and our residents. This was the fifth visit by Falconhigh and it’s always one of the highlights of the year.”


The special day also included a raffle, which raised £137 for the home’s adopted charity Asthma UK, and a summer supper.


Abbots Barton is one of 19 quality care and dementia homes operated by family owned Colten Care in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.


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