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Arnold care home in bloom after scooping regional gardening award

They are Midlands champions

Arnold care home Coppice Lodge has been crowned the Midlands winner of Ideal Carehome’s annual ‘Gardens in Bloom’ competition.

The contest, which launched in May, encouraged both staff and residents across the operator’s 18 homes to work together to embrace their love of the great outdoors by devising and implementing an exciting revamp for their outdoor spaces. 

Green-fingered resident Gordon Hodgkinson planned the garden revamp and organised a shopping trip to the local garden centre to buy plants, flowers and outdoor items.

Roses were planted in the newly painted raised beds and a memory garden was created as a peaceful place for people to go and remember friends or loved ones. The first plaque erected was in loving memory of Gordon’s wife, Ruby, who lived with him at the home until her recent passing.  

Coppice Lodge lifestyle manager, Lorna Thornley, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the Midlands winner – all of the credit must go to our amazing residents who embraced the competition with such gusto.

“We’d like to say a special thank you to our very own green-fingered guru, Gordon, who has rallied the rest of us into action. The gardens have never looked better and we’re so lucky to be able to enjoy this warm weather in such an idyllic setting!”

Stacey Linn, Ideal Carehomes’ Director, said: “Coppice Lodge should be very proud to be our Midlands winner – our  judges were astonished at just how much effort and thought had clearly gone into their project.

“We know that people living with us take huge pride in their gardens and we hope that the sunny weather continues for the rest of the summer so that they can enjoy the fruits of their labour.”

The home now enters the final round of the competition, whereby judges will visit all regional winners in four weeks’ time to decide upon a national victor.

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