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West Oak gets plaque for green-fingered efforts

West Oak gets plaque for green-fingered efforts
5th November 2007

West Oak care home is celebrating recognition for its gardening efforts as part of the Barchester in Bloom scheme.

Sara Gallagher, manager of the home, and Esme Crozier, a resident, went to collect a plaque at a ceremony in Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey.

The prize, recognising the home's achievement as finalists in the Best Sensory Garden category, was presented by Charlie Dimmock of Groundforce fame.

Deputy manager Ronnie Tan told "We were really pleased to win the award. We've now got a certificate and a little cup.

"There's a mix of herbs and flowers in the garden and the residents really enjoy sitting out there."

The six categories in Barchester for Bloom are: Best Front Garden, Best Hanging Basket/Container, Best Sensory Garden, Best Resident's Garden/Project, Best Creative Design and the coveted Garden of the Year 2007.

Barchester Healthcare Garden of the Year wins £1,000 to be spent on gardening equipment for the care home, plus £500 for a celebration party for the gardeners, residents and staff.