A Jubilee garden set up at a Shefford care home has been unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant ahead of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The garden is in the front yard of MHA Oak Manor and to mark the occasion a new cherry blossom tree was unveiled by HM Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis.
The cherry tree has been officially added to the Queen’s Green Canopy Map and is one of two in the town.
The home offers 64 places for residential and dementia care and as part of the unveiling ceremony, there was a chance for residents to mingle with the Lord Lieutenant.
Residents also sang the national anthem and planted gravel in red, white and blue to replicate the Union Jack.
Fay Gooch, home manager, said:
“After I applied to be added to the Queen’s Green Canopy Map I asked if the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire would like to come down to unveil the tree and she was more than happy to visit.
“The residents loved it, they were over the moon. It was a glorious day and they all had a lot of fun.
“The Lord Lieutenant was amazing with the staff and residents. She spent a good amount of time with them and the residents really enjoyed speaking to her.
“Some of the residents were sharing their 100th birthday cards that they received from the Queen and were very proud.
“It was a really proud moment for all of us at MHA Oak Manor and hopefully we can continue to add more trees to the garden in the future.”