Residents at a Blackhall Colliery residential care home have been flexing their green-fingers to celebrate the benefits of gardening on our health and happiness.
In honour of the National Gardening week, the ladies and gentleman living at Field View care home have been getting their hands dirty in the home’s grounds and courtyard gardens. As part of the activities programme at the home, residents have enjoyed some landscaping, growing seeds, potting plants and vegetables and picking out garden ornaments.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s annual celebration of gardening was the perfect time for residents to try out the newly built raised flower beds at the home which were designed to help make gardening easier for residents with wheelchairs or restricted mobility. The new additions are good news for the plants too, allowing the introduction of different soil types which best match the desired conditions for growing various plants, fruits and vegetables.
National Gardening Week was launched five years ago by the RHS and since then has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening, with thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups getting involved.
Research has shown that therapeutic qualities of gardening have a positive impact on the health of care home residents in a number of ways, including encouraging gentle exercise, stimulating appetite, increasing vitamin D levels, improving mood and relieving stress.
As well as residents, the home wants to welcome families to join in with gardening activities with their loved ones and encourage residents’ grandchildren and children from local schools to join residents for some intergenerational gardening projects.
Activities coordinator Janice Hardy said: “For many of our residents, gardening has been a life-long hobby and we like to encourage and assist people in continuing to pursue their interests and hobbies when they come to live with us.”
“Gardening work provides an excellent activity for residents, staff and families to share in and bond over and is something that people of all ages can get involved in and enjoy.”
“Not only is gardening fun but it’s also very rewarding for our residents to see their efforts pay off and have our gardens looking so bright, welcoming and beautiful.”