Sunderland care home team win national award for garden

Freya Abernethy, daughter of our Barnes Court maintenance man David, with the flowerpot creations
Freya Abernethy, daughter of our Barnes Court maintenance man David, with the flowerpot creations
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Green-fingered residents and staff at a Sunderland care home are blooming after their eye-catching garden scooped a national award.

Barnes Court Care Home has been brightened up by a host of flower pot people, handmade by residents and staff.

The eco-friendly creations, made out of cans, yoghurt pots and plant pots, include a flowerpot family, wheelbarrow fairy and Minions from the hit film Despicable Me.

Now the home’s efforts have been recognised after winning a national horticultural competition which encourages care homes to get creative when decorating their gardens.

The annual gardening competition, known as ‘The Doorstep Challenge’, is held by UK Care providers The Maria Mallaband Care Group and Countrywide Care Homes with their 68 residential and nursing homes across the UK, Scotland and Northern Ireland taking part.

Julie Haram, Activities Coordinator at Barnes Court, in High Barnes, said: “We were absolutely over the moon to have won the competition. A lot of love and effort went into creating our flowerpot people and it’s wonderful to have the hard work of our residents and staff recognised.”

“Our entrance has been attracting a lot of attention from passers by and we’ve had some lovely comments from families and visitors. Barnes Infant School is just opposite the road so we can’t wait to see the reaction of the children when they get back to school.”

Thorburns of Hendon provided expert advice on the types of plants to use in the home’s gardens and supplied flowers to Barnes Court.

Barnes Court offers residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for the elderly and care for young adults with physical disabilities.