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Crossing their green fingers

Residents and team members at Anya Court Care Home in Rugby are crossing their green fingers after entering a national gardening competition.

The residential, dementia and nursing care home on Dunchurch Road was virtually judged in the annual Hallmark in Bloom competition by members of care provider, Hallmark Care Homes’ Executive Leadership Team. Joining the panel was also special guest Hayley Hughes from Plantology, who has been the supporting the Hallmark teams with tips and ideas to improve their outdoor areas.

Crossing their green fingers

As part of the gardening competition, Anya Court Care Home are up against 19 other Hallmark Care Homes across England and Wales, with categories including ‘Best Gardening Experience for People Living with Dementia’ and ‘Best Use of Outside Space.’

Homes were required to send the judging panel a five-minute video, which included a virtual tour of the beautifully landscaped gardens before the judging day, where they were asked questions about the benefits their gardens have on the residents and what they have done to take it to the next level. 

This year, the Garden Club at Anya Court worked with Gardener, Hayley, in choosing the plants for the outdoor area. The Boules Court has been revamped with many colourful pots and hanging baskets full of beautiful flowers to gaze at when enjoying a game of the popular sport. The lifestyles team spent time with the residents finding out what they would like and have given it a more colourful and brighter makeover with the addition of quirky items to look at.

Customer Relationship Manager at Hallmark Care Homes, Karen Handley said: “The garden here at Anya Court has been a godsend during this difficult year, especially for the residents who were able to safely enjoy it and keep in touch with nature, even at the height of the pandemic.

“The weekly Garden Club gave them a focus and long-term achievement to think about when they were missing their families. Hallmark in Bloom is such a special event in our annual calendar and we are really pleased that it was still able to go ahead albeit virtually.”

The results of the company-wide gardening competition will be announced later this month.


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