Green-fingered dementia care home wins scarecrow contest

Winning scarecrow design at Colten Care's Linden House Care Home in Lymington.
Winning scarecrow design at Colten Care’s Linden House Care Home in Lymington.

Creative residents of a Hampshire dementia care home proved outstanding in their field by winning a contest to make the best scarecrow.

Nineteen Colten Care homes in the South took part with ‘Green Linden Man’, the entry from Linden House in Lymington, judged the winner.

Made entirely from plants and other organic materials, Green Linden Man was constructed under the guidance of Linden House gardener Chris Marsh. Residents were invited to get involved by painting leaves and adding other touches.  

Ruth Wildman, Home Manager, said: “Our residents had tremendous fun working with Chris and our activities organisers to build our splendid Green Linden Man.  He’s big, he’s bright and he’s colourful. He’ll be pride of place in our garden for as long as he lasts.”

This is the fourth year in a row that Colten Care has run a scarecrow competition as a relaxing, therapeutic way of encouraging residents with their arts and crafts skills.

Karen Burdon, Colten Care Activity Manager, said: “We had a genuinely high standard of entries with many residents genuinely Winning scarecrow design at Colten Care's Linden House Care Home in Lymington.participating in scarecrow making. Every one of our homes across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire took part. It’s been a lot of friendly rivalry and great fun.”

As winners, Linden House residents received a trophy and certificate. Runners-up were Avon Reach in Mudeford with their entry ‘Flower Pot Man and Sunflower’ and Castle View in Dorchester with ‘Madhatter’s Garden Tea Party’.

Other notable entries included an installation at Belmore Lodge in Pennington depicting a scarecrow airman parachuting into the foyer. It was inspired by a resident who was a fighter pilot in his younger days.   



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