Care service gardens are top of the crops

Regard in Bloom Oak Lodge 2014Two gardens in Dorset tended by vulnerable adults with learning disabilities have won national awards from care providers.

The garden at the Two Wells service in Cranborne won top prize as ‘best sensory garden’, while another at Town Farm Workshops in Sixpenny Handley won ‘most productive garden’ in a competition by Regard.

Regard supports people with learning disabilities in specialist residential services, supported living services, outreach support and day resource centres throughout the country.

The Regard In Bloom competition had four categories looking for the best garden; best sensory garden; best productive garden; and best small garden.

With more than 120 services across the country the level of competition was going to be high.

Karen Freeman, service manager at Cranborne said: “We were thrilled that two gardens in the area won awards out of all our services throughout the country.

“Two Wells has accommodation for four people and our residents enjoy gardening very much. Tending a garden can be very rewarding and therapeutic for those with learning difficulties.

“The Town Farm Workshops are lucky enough to have a garden just up the road at the Rushmore Estate, where there is a Victorian Walled garden and an orchard.

“This tranquil enclave provides us with plenty of space to grow fruits and vegetables in our raised bed and poly tunnel with the Summer House providing an indoor class and break room.

“Work at the garden of course follows the seasons, sowing seeds, pruning and harvesting according to the needs of each variety. It is a very productive garden and it provides a working environment for many people.”

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