Residents and staff at Challoner House Care Homein Chandlers Fordare overjoyed that their garden, which is central to life at the home, has been announced as the winner of the Residents’ Garden category in national gardening competition, Barchester in Bloom.
Judges were impressed by the standard of the garden at Challoner House, which is well cared for by Michael Softely, a resident at the care home. Michael is recovering from the effects of a stroke and tending to the home’s garden has given him a lot of pleasure during a very difficult period in his life.
Michael Softely said: “I like my garden and the work that I do on it. I stared doing it in 2009 when I first came to Challoner House with the support of Nicky Reynolds (Housekeeper). It started with a tray and some seeds because I was in a wheelchair learning to walk again after my stroke. I now have a greenhouse and two plots of land at the home that I can call my own. I only have 1 working arm but the staff at the home help and support me wherever they can and I would like to thank them for that. The garden brings me a great deal of pleasure and really has given me a new lease of life and this award really does make my year. Thank you everyone.”