It’s official – Perthshire’s care homes are “blooming” marvellous, following a flurry of wins across the county in a gardening competition.
Four Balhousie Care Group homes in Perthshire were named category winners on Friday in a competition run by the care provider to celebrate their green spaces.
Balhousie Rumbling Bridge, Balhousie Luncarty, Balhousie Coupar Angus and Balhousie Ruthven Towers in Auchterarder won first place in, respectively, the following categories: Best Indoor Display; Community Engagement; Staff and Resident Participation; Most Improved.
They will now go through to a final judged by legendary gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh.
The ‘Bloom’ awards, as they are known across Balhousie Care Group, have inspired the Scottish care provider’s 26 homes across six regions of Scotland to celebrate their gardens and the joy that they can bring. The competition has been fierce with many relatives, local community groups, businesses and members of the public joining in the gardening efforts by planting, trimming pruning and watering the homes’ outdoor spaces.
The results have been spectacular and the four Perthshire winners exhibited some inspiring ideas, including: upcycled planters at Coupar Angus, with jeans, boots, walking frames and fireplace surrounds all used to house plants; a Zen inside space at Rumbling Bridge; and a fairy tree at Luncarty. Each category winner receives a selection of gardening goodies generously supplied by ASDA Perth.
The overall winner will be carefully selected by Mr Titchmarsh. The category winners were chosen by members of the Senior Leadership Team at Balhousie Care Group. They were all hugely impressed by the level of engagement and passion shown by all the homes.
Jill Kerr, Group Chief Executive Officer and one of the judges, said: “It has been incredible seeing how much time and effort has been put into each garden across our homes. The creativity, participation from residents and staff and the community has been just wonderful to see. Over the past 18 months our outdoor spaces have offered a great deal of comfort to our residents and we are delighted to see them celebrated through Balhousie In Bloom. Congratulations to all of them for showing exceptionally hard work and creativity. We wish them the best of luck for the final.”
In what has been an exciting coup for Balhousie, Alan Titchmarsh was happy to back the competition which encourages care home residents and their local communities to get out into the garden. Alan said: “Over the past year, our gardens and outdoor spaces have brought more joy to people than ever, offering a sanctuary, a place to relax and be closer to nature, and a place for activity and exercise. In care homes they have become even more special. It is wonderful to see residents and staff across Balhousie Care Group celebrating their gardens through Balhousie in Bloom. I’m delighted to be a judge for this competition and can’t wait to disclose the finalist very soon.”
For more information about Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk
Balhousie Care homes provide residents with a happy, friendly, safe and caring environment coupled with an exceedingly high level of accommodation.