Residents dig in to see home blossom in garden challenge
A CARE home has won a prize in a national gardening competition.
Prestbury House Care Home won the Sensory Space award in Porthaven Care Home’s Garden Challenge, which showcased various horticultural projects by residents and members of staff at its homes.
As well as a main award, Michelle Walton, the leisure and wellness co-ordinator at the West Park Drive care home, and resident Les Moseley, were highly commended for their contributions.
As an incentive at the beginning of the competition, each home was given a £1,000 budget for the challenge.
Prizes were awarded by Frances Tophill from ITV’s Love Your Garden at a ceremony at Chiltern Grange Care Home in Buckinghamshire.
Michelle spearheaded the local entry, arranging for charity Food4macc’s Stuart Potter and his volunteers to build a wheelchair-friendly raised bed for the residents to grow their own vegetables.
The crop is going to be used in the residents’ daily menu.
Members of the wider community and relatives of residents gave donations, while Macclesfield Garden Centre generously donated a variety of pots and baskets.
Michelle Walton from Prestbury House 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 is anticipating another exciting year when the second Porthaven’s garden challenge begins.”