Holmfirth care home, Greenacres, has been crowned the West Yorkshire Regional Winner of Ideal Carehome’s annual ‘Gardens in Bloom’ competition.
The contest, which launched in June, encourages both staff and residents to work together to embrace their love of the great outdoors by devising and implementing an exciting revamp for their garden spaces that everybody can enjoy during the summer months.
The home introduced a new ‘Green-fingers At Greenacres’ themed garden masterpiece which was decided during the monthly residents meeting after staff created a garden ‘wish list’ scrap book to help everybody visualise the final result.
The main focus was to get as many residents outdoors and involved with the project as possible. Some helped out by painting fences, upcycling wooden chairs to create a fun new seating area, planting flowers and installing a new vegetable patch garden to grow fresh herbs. Other residents spent time creating a beautifully coloured ribbon wall mural to display in their garden, each ribbon representing a resident at the Huddersfield Road care home.
One resident created ‘Greenacres Farm’ which brought back memories of her childhood growing up on the family farm. The team used donated wire to create farmyard animals, including six sheep which residents have since named Larry, Curly Whirly, Beatrix, Marino, Snowy and Mitzi which are all accompanied by Scarecrow farmer, Mr Ragga-muffin.
Resident Margaret Humphries said: “I am so proud of how the gardens have turned out! We had so much fun creating such relaxing, yet fun spaces and we are already thinking of other ideas to add before the national Judging!”
General Manager Verity Taylor said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be crowned the regional West Yorkshire winner. All of the credit must go to our amazing residents who embraced the competition with such gusto.
“We are extremely grateful to have had such overwhelming support from our residents families, our staff team and local businesses that generously donated to our garden project. It really has been a labour of love and we are so glad to see the judges were as thrilled with our garden creation as we are!”
Stacey Linn, Ideal Carehomes’ Director, said: “Our wonderful team and residents at Greenacres should be very proud to be our West Yorkshire winner. Our judges were astonished at just how much effort and thought had clearly gone into their project and how much our residents families and friends rallied together to bring plans to life.
“We know that our residents take huge pride in their garden areas and we hope that the warm weather continues so that they can enjoy the fruits of their labour even more. I now look forward to visiting each of our regional winners as part of the judging panel and helping to crown our national winner in the coming weeks!”
The home now enters the final round of the competition, whereby Ideal Carehomes panel of judges will visit all regional winners to decide upon a national victor.