91 Year Old Resident Wins Award for Dedication To Community Garden In National Gardening Week

Bob Maven, resident at Chester Court Care Home, Bedlington, has been awarded a trophy for his dedication to the community garden at the home. Well known for his green thumb, Chester Court presented Bob with the trophy for his dedication to the garden, which has become a source of delight to the local area.

Earlier this month, the team at Chester Court surprised Bob with a trophy for his green fingers. Surrounded by his friends and family, Bob enjoyed a wonderful spread of tasty treats after he was presented with his award.

Bob’s devotion to the garden has been enjoyed by residents, staff and local community for the past five years. Planting an assortment of colourful and aromatic florals that bloom throughout the year, Bob made special adaptations to his electric wheelchair to accommodate a tray to carry his pot planters, and to hold his watering can. A lifelong passion, Bob, who recently turned 91, also grows tomatoes, cucumbers and apples at the home that the staff are able to pick and share when they are fully grown.

General Manager, Pam Towers, said: “Bob’s dedication to our garden has brought a lot of enjoyment to our visitors and is a great refuge for residents who appreciate the wonderful colours and fragrances. We’re proud to award Bob with a token of appreciation for all his hard work in making our home beautiful.”

Chester Court Care Home is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering high-quality care across its care homes and hospitals. Chester Court provides nursing care and residential care, supporting 41 residents from respite care to long term stays, and regularly holds events and activities for its residents and surrounding neighbours.