A care home in Greater Manchester is celebrating after being named the winner of Ideal Carehomes’ annual ‘Gardens in Bloom’ competition for the North West region.
De Brook Lodge in Urmston was announced as the winner of the competition, which launched in May and encouraged staff and residents across 18 homes to work together on revamping their outdoor spaces.
Residents and staff at De Brook Lodge introduced new seating areas, painted fences and flowerbeds, decorated planters and birdhouses, and planted up new hanging baskets, pots and a vegetable garden.
A ‘fairy garden’ was also created for residents’ younger visitors to enjoy.
The garden transformation utilised help from across the community, with paints, materials and helping hands provided by local shops and services.
De Brook Lodge lifestyle manager, Danielle Aikenhead, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the North West Winner – all of the credit must go to our amazing residents who embraced the competition with such gusto.
“We are extremely grateful to have had such overwhelming support from so many local businesses and also from our green-fingered helpers at Wellacre Academy and St Monica’s Primary School – it really has been a labour of love for so many different parts of the local community and we hope they are as thrilled with the end result as we are!”
Stacey Linn, Ideal Carehomes’ director, added: “De Brook Lodge should be very proud to be our North West winner – our judges were astonished at just how much effort and thought had clearly gone into their project and how much the community rallied together to bring plans to life.
“We know that people living with us take huge pride in their gardens and we hope that the warm weather continues for the rest of the summer so that they can enjoy the fruits of their labour.”
The home now enters the final round of the competition, when judges will visit all regional winners in four weeks’ time to decide upon a national victor.