City care home is bloomin’ marvellous!

Pictured from left to right are celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock; general manager of Laurel Bank Care Home Mel Thomas; Laurel Bank Care Home gardener Geoff Rice and  retiring CEO of Barchester Healthcare Mike Parsons.
Pictured from left to right are celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock; general manager of Laurel Bank Care Home Mel Thomas; Laurel Bank Care Home gardener Geoff Rice and retiring CEO of Barchester Healthcare Mike Parsons.
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Bloomin’ marvellous staff and residents at Laurel Bank Care Home in Lancaster have proven their green fingered credentials by winning the Barchester in Bloom gardening competition.

Organised by national care provider Barchester Healthcare, celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock awarded Laurel Bank, in Westbourne Road, the winner in the Community Garden Project category and also the prestigious award of Barchester Healthcare Garden of the Year.

The competition promotes the imaginative planting of flowers and shrubs in the gardens of its homes in more than 200 locations across UK.

The judges took the design and quality of floral designs, the imaginative use of shrubs and trees, as well as the benefits to residents, staff and the local community into consideration when making their selection.

The home’s gardener, Geoff Rice, said: “We are delighted to have won the Barchester Care Home Garden of the Year and Community Project categories of Barchester in Bloom.

“Some of our green fingered residents helped to make the gardens look so wonderful and are thrilled to have won.

“We would also like to thank all those from the community who helped us achieve these awards.”

At Barchester homes, gardening is a popular activity among many residents and a new Woodland Trust initiative ‘We’re going to the Woods!’ has also started to take off.

Many Barchester staff will be trained by the Woodland Trust’s Visit Woods partner, Dementia Adventure, to support them to guide residents and their families in their local woods.

The project provides resources such as nature swatches to identify different species of trees, flowers and insects.