Residents at HC-One’s Sutherland Court in Newcastle Upon Tyne have recently took advantage of the good weather and done a spot gardening at the home.
A keen group of Residents helped Colleagues in the garden by replanting the hanging baskets that hang around the home, tending to the herb and vegetable garden and planting some fresh seeds into the plant pots that are dotted around the garden.
Residents and Colleagues got their hands dirty as they talked about times in their own gardens when they were children as well as the times they have enjoyed since with their own children. They also spoke about how important it is to have a nice garden.
Resident Doreen Hayes, who is 90, 90 had never planted anything before as gardening was always classed as a man’s job in her family. “I didn’t realise how much fun gardening was,” said Doreen.
The small group of gardeners really enjoyed their day out in the garden and getting their hands dirty planting seeds.
Sutherland Court Resident, Rosemary Burke said: “It was lovely being with the other Residents and making the garden look lovely.”
Gardening is really important part of life as a Resident at Sutherland Court as it helps strengthen muscles in the hands and arms and reduces anxiety by promoting a social environment.
Sutherland Court Home Manager, Judith Snowdon said: “It was fantastic seeing Residents enjoying themselves, chatting and reminiscing about their own experiences in the garden.”