Lilian Faithfull Care have launched their very own summer garden competition across their five care homes and two adult day care hubs in Gloucestershire. And the care home Charity is on the lookout for donations of garden items, as well as people to judge the patches in August.

As the care sector steers it’s way out of tough times, this garden project gives staff and those they care for, the chance to have some fun together in their lovely green spaces.

Lilian faithfull garden project

Lilian Faithfull Care provides care, support and a ‘home for life’ to the elderly in Gloucestershire for 75 years. The charity provides day care, respite, residential and nursing care.

The garden project competition will give all residents and day guests the opportunity to get green-fingered and get outdoors. It’s also open to staff across all job roles – Carers, Activity Co-ordinators, Domestic, Catering, Maintenance and Management. The project was inspired and created by Rita Harris their new Care Quality Manager; and will be led by each Manager – with a little healthy competition.

Bringing people together

Each Lilian Faithful Care home and day hub sits within beautiful grounds which provide lovely spaces for residents to enjoy. What’s more, their gardening clubs are one of the most popular activities the charity runs. The gardening competition will therefore, create a new focus for the ongoing interest of residents, day guests and staff alike

lilian faithfull garden project

The care homes and day hubs will create and grow a patch in their garden using everyone’s talents, and skills. There will be ways that everyone can contribute whether indoors, by helping with planning, research and seed sowing, or outdoors with planting, watering and nurturing. Those with garden experience will teach those that haven’t gardened before. Those that are creative will help design the garden patch. We know that there is a well-spring of knowledge and experience amongst our residents, day guests and staff.

Gardening is known to have many benefits including improved mental well-being, increased physical activity and a great way to bring people together.

Let the garden grow

The project is encouraging innovation and different elements of conservation; including wonderful plants, creative upcycling, and encouraging more birds, bees and butterflies. The project also includes an edible element, with suggestions from their catering teams of vegetables and herbs to grow which can be included in future menus. Some are expected to be really competitive with trying to grow the largest vegetables.

lilian faithful gardening competition

Lilian Faithfull Care’s residents, day guests and staff will all take great joy from creating, planting, nurturing and watching their garden grow – and possibly eating some of it.

Being a Charity, Lilian Faithfull Care are welcoming resources and support towards their garden projects. Would you or a local group, school or company like to donate any gardening items, cuttings, seeds or equipment? Or do you know someone up for the role of garden judging in August? If you can help please contact their Marketing and Fundraising Manager

Judging of the garden patches takes place in August. Until then, follow their progress via their social media @Lilian Faithfull