Care home stands tall with national sunflower award
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