Growing Support Gardening Challenge – Care Home Open Day 2016 competition winners


Faith%20House%202Care Home Open Day 2016 competition winners announced;  the winners of the recent Growing Support Gardening Challenge which was held as part of Care Home Open Day 2016. Care homes around the country, participating in Care Home Open Day, took part in the Gardening Challenge which aimed to celebrate the great work taking place in care homes and to encourage more people living in care to be active in the garden than ever before.





The winners are:


Celebrating Age – Faith House in Belfast


Residents and children worked together to create a “Train of Life” planter featuring residents and family members with an age span of 100 years!


Celebrating Community – Burnworthy House in South Petherton


Residents ‘conscripted’ soldiers from the Army Air Corps in Yeovilton to help them dig out a new community allotment which will also be used by children from the local school.


Ebury%20Court%205Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday – Ebury Court in Romford


All the residents worked together to create an impressive Union Jack flowerbed made of red and white geraniums and blue lobelia


Celebrating Success – Haydock House in Kettering


Resident Hayley who has Prader-Willi Syndrome worked hard to transform the garden at Haydock House. She secured donations from the local garden centre and now proudly shows visitors the results of her hard work.


The runners up were:


Celebrating Age category – Middleton Hall in Darlington, Celebrating Community – Halas House in Halesowen, Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday category – Abbeyfield House in Irvine and Celebrating Success category – Heatherley House in Copthorne.


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Thank you to all the care homes who took part. The judges were very impressed with the range of activities and the creativity of residents and staff and were pleased to hear how many care homes are planning to continue with gardening activities in the future.


For more information on Growing Support, please contact Victoria Hill at or 07946 430 126.


For more information on Care Home Open Day, please visit or email



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