1 June 2016
Hallmark Care Homes compete in Hallmark in Bloom
Hallmark Care Homes across England and Wales will once again compete in our glorious company-wide gardening event, Hallmark in Bloom.
Hallmark in Bloom is an annual competition held to find the greenest garden in the country. This year, Hallmark in Bloom runs from the 6th– 15th July and kicks off at Cartref Annwyl Fan, our quiet but charming care home set in the small town of Betws in Carmarthenshire. Judging categories to this year’s event include; ‘Best Whole Home Effort’ and ‘Best Resident Engagement.’
Since its launch in 2003, Hallmark in Bloom has been an important date in the Hallmark Care Homes calendar of events. Our residents make use of our gardens throughout the year and enjoy participating in our weekly gardening clubs, but taking part in the competition allows us to create a much bigger impact. It’s an opportunity for our residents to live an active, and independent lifestyle and showcase their efforts throughout the year.
The homes have been pulling out all the stops to make sure they are in ‘full bloom’ come judgement day. From visiting gardening centres to growing their own fruits and vegetables, each home is making use of their outdoor space in their own unique way. Residents at Anisha Grange, our care home in Billericay, have visited Stockbrook Farm to gain gardening expertise and plant their hanging baskets. Meanwhile, residents at Admiral Court, our care home in Leigh on Sea, have partnered with a local school to create an outdoor mosaic.
Judges to this year’s green fingered event include; Hallmark Care Homes Finance Director, Preeya Patel, Care Quality, Governance and Compliance Director Julie Rayner, People and Performance Director Terry Tucker and Director Ram Goyal.
Other special guests, include Training and Education Officer, Damien Newman from Thrive, who are a gardening charity which promote the therapeutic benefits of gardening for the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged. The homes utilise Thrives expertise throughout the year to ensure our care team have the skills needed to enable our residents to make the most of their outdoor space.
Damien Newman, Training and Education Officer from Thrive said: “It is always a privilege to judge the gardens and the competition is always fierce at Hallmark Care Homes.”
The judging day at the home is also a great opportunity for visitors to get involved and enjoy a taste of the British summer time. This year visitors to Alexandra Grange, our care home in Wokingham can take part in a red white and blue street party. Meanwhile, visitors to Shire Hall, our care home in Cardiff can enjoy an outdoor pottery class or watch a classical music concert.
The winners will be announced in August.
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