At the end of July Trustee Jill Hughes visited the Lincolnshire Homes to judge the Trust in Bloom competition. There are different categories within the competition and residents are encouraged to be involved in creating their ideal garden. The results are as follows:-

Overall garden: Eresby Hall –  the garden is varied, well maintained, cheerful, great resident involvement (eg competition for planting the boat), an inspirational new memory garden created by a carer, photos supporting resident involvement, improvement since last year/plans.

Garden Area: Boutlham Park House – lovely garden, new features and planting since last year, includes all categories, delightful fairy garden, well maintained and good colours.

Sensory Garden: Gregory House – lavender, herbs, visual stimulation

Hanging baskets/tubs: Poplars – simply stunning, lots of baskets and tubs both in front of home and in every courtyard, good combinations of plants and colours, planted, maintained and nurtured by resident.

Most unusual feature: Skirbeck Court – fishpond in courtyard – welcoming point of interest, colour and feature at entrance to the home, a combination of plants with birds and animals, Bill & Ben, etc.

Veg patch: Skirbeck – raised bed with good variety of healthy plants, beans, tomatoes, cabbages, carrots, etc.

Front door challenge:  hard to beat Poplars hanging baskets for impact

Judge’s special award: Skirbeck Court– wonderful to see the improvements and the enthusiasm with which the gardens have been transformed, from staff, residents/families

Congratulations to all our winners.  Certificates and vouchers will be presented at our Harvest Festival on 3 September 2015.