8 October 2013
Bucklesham Grange recognised with top gardening award
The Ipswich based care home has been recognised for its gardens, which are specifically designed for people living with dementia. David Fountain, the landscape gardener of Bucklesham Grange Care Home on Bucklesham Road, has won ‘Best Memory Garden’ in the 2013 New Homes Garden Design Awards for his work on the care home.
The awards celebrate landscape gardening in new homes and this award specifically recognises gardens designed to stimulate the senses of people living with dementia. The gardens provide residents with a stimulating environment, providing various destination points and giving them access to all areas. The meandering grounds feature a wildlife area, a greenhouse and plenty of cosy seating
This is the latest award recognising Bucklesham Grange this year. The home was named in the Suffolk Gem Awards recognising care homes where residents can express their individuality, have their say and influence what happens in their home. The home was also named the winner of the ‘Smaller Care Home’ at the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards, which seek to acknowledge the contribution made by designers, architects and the owners of care homes, hospitals and other care schemes to the well-being and quality of life for those in their care
Home manager Carol Rhind said, “It’s so wonderful to been recognised in these awards. We are so proud of our garden and all the residents love being outside, whether it is taking a stroll through the flowers or helping to plant new vegetables. We have been working hard to maintain the beautiful landscape and are so happy we have been recognised for all our hard work.”