Birstall care home awarded ‘Silver Gilt’ for ‘Neighbourhood Garden’


Priestley Birstall in Bloom1Staff and residents from Priestley Care Home in Birstall were delighted to be awarded the ‘Silver Gilt’ for their ‘Neighbourhood Garden’ in the Birstall in Bloom (BIB) ‘Best Garden’ competition.


On Thursday 21st July, representatives from the care home attended the BIB Celebration and Awards Evening at the Irish Democratic League Club to collect their awards, including a certificate signed by the Mayor for Kirklees and Denby Dale Clr Jim Dodds, and a silver rosette.


Staff, residents and their families worked hard to rejuvenate their outdoor space, with a number of new features adding vibrancy and colour. A blue colour scheme, aiming to create the idea of clear skies, has been applied to the garden, with the fencing, wooden pergola and outdoor shed being painted. With the added burst of colour, under the wooden pergola is an ideal and pleasant seating area for residents and their families to relax together. The shed has been decorated with images of the seaside, benefitting residents by sparking childhood memories.


Priestley Birstall in Bloom3The competition has encouraged family bonding and highlighted a strong sense of community spirit. Brian, a resident at the home, is currently growing tomatoes in the new greenhouse donated by a member staff of the home. Brian commented, “I enjoy spending time outdoors and my nephew comes to help me with potting and planting.”


A wooden birdfeeder sits outside Joyce’s bedroom. Shelley Ellam, Home Manager, said; “Watching the birds is a positive experience for Joyce, she is always smiling. With input and imagination from residents, their families and the community, the transformation of the garden has been incredible and we are delighted with the result.”


Further plans are in place to develop the vegetable patch, allowing residents and staff to sow, cultivate, grow and ultimately, cook and eat their own produce. A water feature made from a structure of pebbles sits behind the seating area and will be complete during summer.  


Priestley Birstall in Bloom2Birstall in Bloom is a joint venture between the Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites, the Birstall Village Improvement Group and local tenants and residents (TRAs), working to develop and enhance the local environment through projects, fundraisers and friendly competition. The aim of the venture is to enter Britain in Bloom, a nationwide community gardening campaign to improve cities, towns and villages.


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