Hole in one for Hica gardening prize


Green fingered residents and care home staff at Raleigh Court in Hull and Horrox Court supported housing in Keyingham have won the annual Hica in Bloom garden makeover competition.

The winning team at Raleigh Court designed and hand made a mini golf course (pictured) complete with bright colours, flags, potted plants and a wind mill. Joint first place winners Horrox Court created an under the sea theme complete with real whale bones, lobster cages and striped deck chairs.

Raleigh Court manager, Katie Dasley, said: “We are delighted to have won joint first place in the Hica in Bloom competition. Like the other participants, we spent all summer making our project.

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“The competition encourages residents and staff involvement, so we ask everyone what they want to create, they help us design, make things and do the planting and gardening.

“Hica in Bloom really helps to ease the symptoms of dementia by giving residents something positive to concentrate on. We have noticed a change in behaviour throughout the project, residents with dementia have been very content and calm whilst helping. It really is much more than a competition to everyone involved.”

The Hica Group, which runs 20 care homes and two retirement villages, introduced the Hica in Bloom competition three years ago, and has seen the event grow each year. Participating homes are given a £250 donation from the care operators Shine Fund, and are encouraged to fundraise to collect more money to spend on their garden project.


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