Residents at Whitefriars Care Home enjoy new garden

From left, resident Marjorie Andrew with her sister Brenda Dixon, and resident Hazel Eastgate with her sister Pauline Woodcock
From left, resident Marjorie Andrew with her sister Brenda Dixon, and resident Hazel Eastgate with her sister Pauline Woodcock
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Care home residents are enjoying a revamped garden thanks to the hard work of volunteers and donations from the community.

Weeks of work on the enclosed garden at Whitefriars Care Home in St George’s Avenue, Stamford, came to an end last week.

Staff held an opening ceremony for residents, family and friends to enjoy the refurbished space on Saturday.

Activities co-ordinator Sarah Daffern-Turner, who came up with the idea to transform the garden said the response to the new design had been great.

She added: “The families are completely overwhelmed. They are really happy with it.

“Residents can now wander around securely at any time, water the plants and tend to the flowers whenever they like.”

Much of the funding and materials for the makeover came from community donations.

Trevor and Tess Burns at Welland Valley Nurseries in Uppingham provided all the plants for the garden and students on the National Citizen Service spent two weeks working on it.

Retired landscape garden designer Ian Kitchener came up with the concept and Praful Patel spent seven weeks working on the project.

Staff at the care home thanked all those who had given their time to help renovate the garden.

They also paid tribute to those who had donated money to the project, including senior carer Leanne Stafford who raised £400 by climbing Mount Snowdon.