Erith care home residents enjoy National Alotment Week

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 August 2018

Resident Geoffrey Leer, 72. Picture: Shaftesbury Court Residential Care Home

Resident Geoffrey Leer, 72. Picture: Shaftesbury Court Residential Care Home


Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Erith enjoyed the 'good life' as they celebrated National Allotment Week (August 13- August 19).

Shaftesbury Court Residential Care Home, in Selkirk Drive, helped residents bring back many wonderful memories from their younger years by using garden therapy as an activity.

From ripe tomatoes to delicious radishes, residents – who have always had a love of gardening, came together to create their very own gardening oasis.

Geoffrey Leer, 72, (pictured) said: “I always used to garden with my dad, we would grow all sorts – including tomatoes, and I’m now doing the same here. It’s wonderful, I really enjoy gardening and it’s nice to think of the time I spent in the garden in my younger years.”

Gardening therapy is increasingly recognised as a therapeutic activity for care home residents as it provides a great source of purpose, maintains an existing skill set, boosts confidence and energy levels and so much more.

Sara Bird, Sanctuary Care home activity leader, said: “Our gardening club is shaped by our residents – they decide what they grow and take leadership on maintaining the shrubs. It really is a fantastic little group we are running and residents are enjoying every minute.”

Sanctuary Care is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of events across over 100 homes in England and Scotland.

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