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Gardening Enthusiasts Out in Force, as Leven Care Home Residents Get their Gloves Out

Staff and residents at Walton House in Leven, Fife made the most of warm weather, after staff came together to organise a gardening session ahead of plans to host a Jubilee Garden Party and spring barbecue.

Residents planted potato tubers in the home’s garden, taking turns to water the plants. The home’s own oasis includes flowers, strawberry planters, rhubarb and more. Plants are grown as part of the home’s gardening programme, designed to keep residents happy and healthy by staying active and socialising with each other.

Green-fingered staff members first planted seeds in 2020, not long after the home opened its doors. Fruit and vegetables grown in the garden are used by the home’s chef, Colin Mackay, to prepare meals, such as fruit salads in the summer.

Nicola Walters, Home Manager at Walton House said:

“We first started the home’s garden when our gardener dug up a bare patch. Thanks to staff members and our residents – as well as their green thumbs – we look forward to seeing it full of fruits and vegetables every spring.

“Everyone benefits from a bit of fresh air and sunshine, so we appreciate having this space where staff and residents alike can take a break or enjoy the outdoors.”

Jeannette Burns, Lifestyle Coordinator at Walton House said:

“It was lovely for everyone to get out in the garden for a bit of sunshine. All our green-thumbed residents enjoy an activity like this and we’re looking forward to growing lots of other fruits and vegetables with them soon!”