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Residents Help Braemar Lodge Score Gilt-Edged Garden Prize

BLOOMING MARVELLOUS. Alison Bremner, Manager at Colten Care's Braemar Lodge care home in Salisbury, holds the City Gardens certificate. With her in the garden is resident Gladys West and activity organiser Martin CanningsGreen-fingered residents and team members at Braemar Lodge are celebrating success in a citywide gardening competition.

The home has won a silver gilt award in the annual City Gardens competition run by Salisbury City Council.

This year’s competition was given extra impetus with judging done specifically in line with Britain in Bloom and other Royal Horticultural Society criteria.

In their citation for Braemar Lodge, judges gave particular weight to layout, sustainability and atmosphere, and said they “appreciated the residents’ participation in the design of the garden and its planting.”

They also praised the home’s “particularly tactile” sensory garden, its active gardening club and the use of residents’ artwork, including pottery, as garden features.

Home Manager Alison Bremner said: “We are thrilled with this award, not least because it was the first time we had entered this competition. It’s lovely to have our residents’ contribution to the garden officially recognised in this way. They help in the design, layout and choice of flowers and plants, working closely with our gardeners and activity organisers.”

Among the residents who volunteer to help maintain the garden is Gladys West, who was born and bred in Salisbury. Her responsibilities include a water fountain feature which requires twice daily monitoring.

Gladys said: “I have always loved gardening and I am able to continue doing so here in what is a beautiful, carefully thought out space.”

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