"This is my home and I am very proud of both my home and my garden!"
New Forest Colten Care homes continuing involvement with the National Garden Scheme is endorsed by proud resident Molly
Care home provider Colten Care has continued its involvement with the National Garden Scheme (NGS), welcoming dozens of visitors and raising hundreds of pounds for charities. Four public open days have just been held, two at Outstanding-rated Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, and two at Brook View in West Moors, Dorset.
Residents and visitors at Woodpeckers enjoy the beautiful gardens - and horticultural expertise is on hand too
The dates gave residents’ families and friends, other community contacts and members of the general public the chance to come in and have a look round the gardens and grounds.
On hand with advice and information were horticultural experts including Colten Care’s Head Gardener Charles Hubberstey, who said: “We’ve had such positive comments from visitors about our beautiful outdoor spaces.
“One visitor told me: ‘I never thought a care home would have such a garden’.
I'll think differently about care homes from now on!
“Another said: ‘It has been so lovely. I’ll think differently about care homes from now on, and as for the cakes, teas and coffees, wow!’
“Based on visitor numbers and comments such as these, I believe our NGS days have once again been a definite success.”
Gardening clubs encourage residents to put forward design and planting ideas as well as helping with hands-on gardening
Both homes have active gardening clubs, with residents putting forward ideas for garden design and plants, and helping with hands-on gardening activities.
Woodpeckers resident Molly Wolstenholme said: “I thought it was a very good event held by the home. I enjoyed seeing the public view our beautiful garden. We had perfect weather for it and delicious cakes too.”
Molly's sentiments were echoed by Brook View resident Rosa Leicester who said: “Opening the gardens is a lovely idea. The more people who think and talk about our garden the better. It is lovely for people to see how we live here. This is my home and I am very proud of both my home and my garden. Things grow overnight and every day the garden looks different and the gardener is just amazing.”
Between them, the four open days have raised more than £1,300 for NGS charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and community gardening projects supported through the scheme.
Both the photos above are of the gardens at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst.
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Three of Colten's New Forest homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission: Linden House specialist dementia care home in Lymington, Woodpeckers residential home in Brockenhurst and Kingfishers in New Milton.
Find out more about Colten Care
With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.
All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care
All homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk
Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) and Mudeford - Avon Reach. Click on the links to find out more about each home...