Blooming fabulous at care home
Everything’s been coming up roses for the winners of an ‘In Bloom’ competition, explains Stephen Pullinger, head of public relations for Kingsley Healthcare.
Staff and residents at Eversley Nursing Home, in North Denes Road, Great Yarmouth, are celebrating success in Kingsley Healthcare’s Kingsley in Bloom contest.
Competing against Kingsley’s 28 other homes across the country, the home clinched the runner-up prize behind Colne House care home, near Halstead, in Essex.
Daya and Sumi Thayan, cofounders of the Lowestoft-based company, and operations director Debbie McGovern judged the winner and runner-up from a shortlist drawn up by operations managers.
At Eversley, staff and residents devised a display with hanging baskets and garden pots, which included vegetables and herbs as well as colourful flowers.
Home manager Ewa Kujawa says: “Everyone was so excited when they learned of our success.”
She adds that all the staff had been involved in planting and weeding, and residents played an important part too.
“One of our residents, Susan Snowdon, donated her own plant pots for the display and she was so happy with the results,” she says.
Ewa says the home’s cook, Julie Copping, had already harvested the first crop of cucumbers from their display. She would be consulting staff about how best to spend their £100 prize on further enhancing the garden.
“We will be looking to buy plants that can be dug up and replanted when we develop the garden of our new, enlarged home,” she says.
Eversley is shortly to undergo a £ 5m re-development, which will see an extension built on the neighbouring site of a disused hotel; residents will then move into this while the present home is completely rebuilt.
Homes were asked to create their displays on a number of themes, including ‘Pots, pans and watering cans’, ‘All things edible,’ ‘Best flowering bed,’ and ‘See, feel and smell’.
Debbie says: “Staff and residents at all our homes made a tremendous effort for our first In Bloom competition.
“Judging was really difficult and all our homes deserve a lot of credit.”
Brooke House, in Brooke, near Norwich, finished in third place, a bug hotel being one of the features of their display.
Ewa Kujawa (centre) with maintenance man Karl Thompson and cook Julie Copping.
Bugs are welcome at the bug hotel at Brooke House!