Wetherby Manor care home in Wetherby has scooped three awards at this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition. The outstanding achievement – a gold award and category winner in the Public and Private Establishments category and a discretionary Yorkshire Rose Community Award (Small Groups) – follows a gold award last year.
The judges described the gardens as ‘a total joy’ and said ‘words just cannot describe the beautiful layout of flowers, sustainable planting, hanging baskets’. They also commented that they could not find any areas to improve on, as the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff, gardeners and management were plain to see.
For the discretionary award the judges added the gardens ‘have been planted with loving care both from the management and gardeners and with guidance from the residents who take such pride in all the outside areas … So near to the town centre but yet so tranquil and beautiful’.
Gardening and maintenance are carried out by Pullan Landscape Construction & Maintenance headed by Neil Copley. Vegetables and herbs grown in the garden, some of which are produced by the thriving residents’ gardening club, are used by Wetherby Manor’s cooks, and flowers are arranged by residents and staff for the dining tables.
Judith Scurr, manager of Wetherby Manor, was presented with the awards on behalf of the team at the awards ceremony on 13 September at York Racecourse.
Judith said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to win three awards. It’s a great reward for all the dedicated hard work that goes into the gardens throughout the year.
“With carefully thought out seasonal planting there is always something for our residents, their families, friends and staff to enjoy.
“The Yorkshire in Bloom judges always suggest ways the gardens might be improved, and we were bowled over when they said they couldn’t find any areas for us to improve at all! Everyone is thrilled.”