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Colten Care homes stage gardening show

Gardening kept us all going during lockdown, and residents of care homes were no exception.

Doris, a member of the gardening club at Avon Reach in Mudeford, planting seeds for the show
Doris, a member of the gardening club at Avon Reach in Mudeford, planting seeds for the show

An army of green-fingered residents overcame the challenges of Covid restrictions to stage a garden produce show.

All 21 Colten Care homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex and Wiltshire have taken part, with residents eagerly planting and growing their entries over several months.

Show classes include fruit, vegetables, preserves, ‘Spud in a bucket’ – potato weighing, and recycling spare objects and materials into planters.

Participants have built houses for visiting wildlife, baked cakes on garden-related themes, created watercolour paintings and pieces of writing, and recorded their involvement in photo books.

Charles Hubberstey, Colten Care’s head gardener, who came up with the idea of a ‘village produce show’ last year, said, “2019 was so successful we decided to make it an annual event.

“Our residents didn’t want to let Covid stop them so we agreed a work-around for this year.

“We asked all homes to submit their entries online using photo and video evidence. It’s clear from the response that the interest we had in our inaugural year is very much still there.”

As well the homes’ gardeners, residents have had the support of their Companionship Teams in preparing and recording their entries.

Emily Hudson, a Companionship Team Leader, said, “There has been a huge buzz about the show. People have said it’s a shame that we can’t get together in person to display all the entries in one place as we did last year but everyone has just got on with it and are doing their best.”

Winners will be announced via online video.

Judges include gardening experts such as Charles plus Companionship Team colleagues across the homes.

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