Care home stands tall with na­tional sun­flower award

Macclesfield Express - - TIME-TRIP -

ACARE home has won an award in a na­tional gar­den­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

It is the se­cond year run­ning that Prest­bury House Care Home has won an award in the Porthaven Care Home Chal­lenge, this year scoop­ing the prize for the tallest sun­flower.

The flower mea­sured an im­pres­sive 10 ft, 4 inches.

Res­i­dents nur­tured sev­eral sun­flow­ers from seed, both in­doors and out­doors for months, af­ter all the par­tic­i­pat­ing care homes re­ceived a £1,000 bud­get for the chal­lenge.

Care home staff were pre­sented with the award by ITV’s Love Your Gar­den pre­sen­ter Katie Rush­worth at a spe­cial cer­e­mony at Chiltern Grange Care Home in Buck­ing­hamshire.

Prest­bury House Care Home’s leisure and well- ness co-or­di­na­tor Michelle Wal­ton spear­headed the en­try by ar­rang­ing for Tesco’s com­mu­nity cham­pion Sheena King and her vol­un­teers from Tesco on Hi­bel Road in Mac­cles­field to join them in get­ting green fin­gered in the gar­den to help cre­ate a riot of colour­ful flow­ers.

Do­na­tions for the project were also re­ceived from the com­mu­nity and rel­a­tives of res­i­dents.

Michelle said: “The com­pe­ti­tion gave staff and res­i­dents of all par­tic­i­pat­ing care homes a chance to be in­volved in plant­ing, weed­ing and grow­ing flow­ers and food.

“The gar­den chal­lenge has proved to be a suc­cess and a won­der­ful com­mu­nity ef­fort.

“Prest­bury House Care Home is now an­tic­i­pat­ing an­other ex­cit­ing year when the third Porthaven gar­den chal­lenge be­gins.”

From left: Res­i­dent Bar­bara Wright, leisure and well­ness co-or­di­na­tors Abi­gail Rhead and Michelle Wal­ton, and re­cep­tion­ist Bianca Davies

The award win­ning sun­flow­ers in full bloom

Michelle Wal­ton needs a step lad­der to get close to the gi­ant sun­flow­ers

One of the gar­den dis­plays cre­ated at Prest­bury House Care Home

Michelle Wal­ton and Abi­gail Rhead col­lect the Porthaven award

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