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A community garden (working) party brings colour to care home

Volunteers from the local community in Brechin came together for a working garden party at Bearehill Care Home on Saturday 16th April to spruce up the grounds ready for residents to enjoy in the approaching summer days.

Bearehill is set in its own grounds with landscaped gardens and wooded areas, where rabbits and pheasants can be seen roaming.

Becky Herring, manager of one of the units at Bearehill, organised the event with members of her own family and friends, who were joined by eight more volunteers from the nearby Glen Ogil Estate. Together they gave the garden a spring make-over, trimming hedges, weeding and planting new flowers.

The bedding plants were donated by Brechin Garden Centre, with more mature plants being given by Becky’s parents from their own gardens at the Letham Hotel, which they run.

During the hard work there were pauses for tea breaks, lunch and afternoon tea and cakes, to keep the volunteer gardeners refreshed.

Some residents came out to meet the volunteers while others watched and waved from behind the windows that overlook the gardens.

While the group of volunteers were adding new colour to the gardens, the interior of one of the care units was also being given a bright new look thanks to Symon Mathieson of Syke Graffiti and his friend Craig Crawford, who created a nature- based mural incorporating letters from the name of the Lawrence unit.

Becky said: “The people living here are part of the community and we like to reach out to involve the community with the home. The reaction from local people was overwhelming. It’s heart-warming knowing there are people who are willing to support us and help us to make a difference.

”I want publicly to thank everyone who gave their time to put in so much hard work. The mural is a big hit with everyone who sees it and the garden is ready to be enjoyed by residents and their families. The garden looks so beautiful now that we’re going to enter it into the Four Seasons Health Care national care home garden competition.

“As a further thank you for the help we have received and to bring our friends in the community into the home to meet the residents, we are planning to have a more traditional garden party event in the summer; one that doesn’t involve the guests in working.”

Bearehill Care Home regularly organises events for residents, their families and the community. The next one planned, for families and friends, is a Race Night at Park Bar in Brechin on 29 April.

Date published: 15 September 2017


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