Kent care home getting green fingered this winter

One of the residents enjoying his new garden

A care home in Tonbridge, Kent has been improving their garden to promote its residents’ independence and their gardening skills.

Residents at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home have been spending their afternoons on the home’s dining room balcony potting new plants and flowers for the garden.

Nicky Pett, general manager of Barnes Lodge, said: “Many of our residents used to really enjoy gardening when they lived in their own homes, so it is lovely that as we have lots of wonderful outside space here at Barnes Lodge, they can continue to do that when moving in with us. This is their home, after all.

“Whether they like to tend chickens, pot some plants of just enjoy looking at the garden from the balconies, the outdoor space provides a real calmness and a lot of enjoyment for them.”

The residents got stuck into the job at hand, potting plants and then displaying them in the garden.

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