The finale of ‘Country Court Care In Bloom’ a gardening competition between homes in the Country Court Care group was celebrated with a garden party at Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech. Led by their Well-being and Activities Coordinators, care and nursing homes in the Country Court Care group across the UK have been busy growing their own vegetables, flowers and plants and entering the results in a virtual village show.
Judging day took place on Friday 25th August at Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech and was celebrated with a fantastic garden party attended by Mayor of Wisbech Steve Tierney as well as families, friends and the local community.
Special guests were children from the Wisbech Day Nursey who judged the best scarecrow category. The Mayor of Wisbech also judged the categories alongside Area Manager, Suria Webb and Country Court Care Managing Director, Alykhan Kachra and Finance Director, Al-Karim Kachra.
“Our residents have always enjoyed gardening but the “In Bloom” competition has introduced a competitive element which they have really embraced. It’s been a fantastic response from all of our care homes, many have taken the opportunity to give their gardens a complete make-over, the transformation has been really impressive” said Alykhan Kachra, Managing Director at Country Court Care.
Swanholme Court Care Home in Lincoln was announced as the overall winner of the competition, their garden transformation project won over the judges who were impressed with how involved both residents and staff had been. Their ‘Head Gardener’, resident Barbara Warner, had given the staff team gardening advice and expertise. Resident’s families and friends had all had a hand in the project from repairing benches to repainting planters and cleaning paved areas.
“We are thrilled to have won the competition” said Home Manager Lisa Dent “Our residents have had a great summer of gardening, we’ve had trips to the local garden centre, watched our sunflowers getting taller and enjoyed spending more time outside. Our team here worked really hard especially Dawn Chapman our Wellbeing and Activities Champion.”