This year’s Care Home Open Day, which takes place in June 17, will b e supported by Growing Support, a social enterprise that uses gardening and outside activities to conquer loneliness, social isolation and inactivity.
Ahead of the Open Day, Growing Support is running a Gardening Challenge competition, with the aim of creating lively hubs of community activity in thousands of care home gardens across the UK.
There will be prizes for care home residents who create gardens under four categories: Celebrating Community, Celebrating Age, Celebrating Success and “Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday.
Victoria Hill, director of Growing Support, says: “It is well known that spending time outdoors, being active and connecting with nature is good for us. Residents don’t need to be an expert or have a big garden to enjoy the benefits of gardening. Simple activities such as growing herbs on a sunny windowsill or sweet peas for the patio can help relieve stress and depression and develop a sense of achievement.
“We hope that the Growing Support Gardening Challenge will encourage more care home residents than ever before to get out and get gardening and we are delighted to be linking up with care homes taking part in Care Home Open Day 2016.”
Prizes include plants, tools and services worth more than £100. Entrants are asked to submit a short description and photo of how residents have been active out in the garden by June 24th 2016.