Ideal Carehomes has announced the regional winners in its inaugural Gardens in Bloom competition. Having launched in May, the contest encouraged staff and residents across its 18 homes to work together and embrace their love of the great outdoors.
Split into two stages, homes were initially asked to devise and submit an overall plan detailing how they were going to approach their garden revamps, followed by a second stage in which the physical work began!
Entrants were judged on resident and community involvement with extra credit being given to innovation and best use of space and resources.
Ideal Carehomes’ Garden in Bloom 2019 regional winners are:
- Midlands: Coppice Lodge, Arnold
- North Yorkshire: Ebor Court, Thirsk
- North West: De Brook Lodge, Urmston
- West Yorkshire – Ashworth Grange, Dewsbury and Newfield Lodge, Castleford
The five homes now have a few weeks to make their gardens picture perfect before judges, Ideal Carehomes’ Director, Stacey Linn and Matt Lowe, LNT Group Chief Executive visit at the end of August to crown an overall national victor.
Stacey, said: “Our judges were absolutely astonished at the sheer level of expertise and dedication that has gone into our homes’ garden revamps. We’ve seen everything from the installation of new herb gardens, urban farms and memorial gardens, to furniture made from pallets and beautifully painted tree and shrub decorations. It’s also been heart-warming to see just how supportive each community has been with local school children and garden centres all getting involved by donating either their time or essential supplies.
“The regional winners should all be hugely proud of their efforts – it’s certainly going to be a difficult task deciding on an overall winner and I’d like to say a big congratulations to everyone who has come this far. We hope the warm weather continues so that residents can continue to enjoy the fruits of their labour.”