Grant gives care home garden oasis

GREEN WITH ENVY -- residents Shirley and Keith Beardall with staff Claire Harne (left) and senior care assistant Betty Croft tackling the raised beds -- DISPIC NHUD12-1827-4

GREEN WITH ENVY -- residents Shirley and Keith Beardall with staff Claire Harne (left) and senior care assistant Betty Croft tackling the raised beds -- DISPIC NHUD12-1827-4

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BULWELL and Basford Rotary Club has been digging deep for residents at Hall Park Care Home.

The club has given a real boost to the outside area of the Squires Avenue home in Bulwell by providing raised garden beds worth £650.

Now green-fingered pensioners can potter with the plants and grow their own veg for the home’s chef to cook.

“We are extremely grateful to the Rotary Club for their generous donation,” said home manager, Helen Wilson. “Residents enjoy the gardens here at Hall Park and having raised plant-beds means residents can be actively involved in choosing the plants we grow.

“We will grow fruit and vegetables, which we will use at meal times and residents will be involved in menu planning, so we can make best use of the produce.”

The beds are already in place and planted up by residents — helped by a £50 garden-centre voucher they won as first prize in a Queen’s Jubilee community garden competition.

Helen is an active charity worker and has recently become a member of the Rotary Club. It was she who asked for help to complete the home’s garden project.

“I have always been committed to raising money for charity,” added Helen. “Charity work gives me huge amounts of pleasure and dovetails with my very personal ethos of bringing communities together, working together for the benefit of those we live and work alongside and supporting those who need help.”

Recreation and leisure organiser at Hall Park, Claire Harne, says the donation has made a real difference to residents.

“Recreation and leisure is an important part of life at Hall Park,” said Claire. “For those living with dementia, we include activities which complement our reminiscence programme because mental well-being is as important as physical good health so all our activities are designed to keep the minds of our residents stimulated.

“We have a residents’ committee who meet regularly and play a vital role in the planning of our leisure activities and as part of our weekly programme, residents have decided we will spend several hours every week tending and maintaining the raised beds.

“It is a fantastic group activity that everyone is excited about and keen to participate in.”