Newly-revamped garden adds a splash of colour to Portsmouth care home

A CARE HOME in Portsmouth has opened a sensory garden for its residents.

Friday, 24th May 2019, 5:24 pm
The new garden Picture: Sarah Standing (200519-9603)

Blue Water care home unveiled its fairground activities centre sensory garden on Monday.

David Sheppard, director and designer of the garden, said: ‘It was wonderful, the new Lord Mayor, David Fuller, was absolutely amazing and he loved it.

‘There's direct access for each resident, we have a mobile garden with a trolley lift for those who are in need of more care but want to experience the garden and the plants are well-enclosed to withstand bad weather.

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From left, Gillian Cook, care home manager Hayley George, Bee Poole, The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth David Fuller and Sheila Hayward. Picture: Sarah Standing (200519-9613)

'There's lots of plants in the garden, attracting a blue tit and a robin, which we haven't seen in a while.'

Eight residents at the home have teamed up with five of their carers to form a gardening club, keeping the sensory garden tendered too.

The entrance has a number of tools all painted giving a '1940's vibe' and a 'taste of flavour about what's going to be on the other side of the door.'

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth David Fuller with staff from Bluewater care home and children from Flying Bull Academy, in the new sensory garden Picture: Sarah Standing (200519-9635)