Enterprising a new care home garden

Blyth Star Enterprises' Matthew Thompson, Willy Stewart, Daniel Hedley, Alan Davison and Graham Weightman (far right) with Loraine Brunton of Cramlington House.

Blyth Star Enterprises' Matthew Thompson, Willy Stewart, Daniel Hedley, Alan Davison and Graham Weightman (far right) with Loraine Brunton of Cramlington House.

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A group of gardeners are working their green-fingered magic to transform the grounds of a new Cramlington care home.

Employees from Blyth Star Enterprises, an organisation supporting people with mental health issues, are creating a garden space for residents with dementia at Cramlington House care home.

The group of five gardeners have planned the outdoor area to ensure all the plants are safe and stimulating for residents, research popular flowers and plants from the 1950s.

Loraine Brunton, operations manager at Cramlington House, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the work that the team from Blyth Star Enterprises has done so far and we are very happy to have them on board as they will continue helping us to maintain and refresh the garden.

“We are committed to providing our residents with opportunities to get involved in activities like gardening so it will provide a great opportunity for them to share in the upkeep. It’s also important that we have an outdoor area where residents can relax.”

The 63-bed Cramlington House, built by Craig Healthcare, opened in May.

Alan Davison, horticultural supervisor at Blyth Star Enterprises, said: “This is a great project for our team to get their teeth into. There’s been lots of planning involved and we’ve developed bedding areas, herb gardens and hanging baskets.

“Our team have worked really hard and this is the kind of job that we like to get involved in.”