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Award winning beach garden at care home inspires adults with learning difficulties

A new beach garden, complete with sandy area and washed up rowing boat filled with beautiful blooms, is proving an inspiration for residents of a specialist care home in March, Cambridgeshire.

The garden at Craegmoor’s Conquest Lodge has received a special award as part of March Town Council’s ‘In Bloom’ Competition.

Staff at the home, which provides accommodation and support for 15 adults with learning disabilities, helped residents become fully involved in creating the new garden.

The fabulous new outdoor space is extremely popular with staff, visitors and the residents. It also stimulates other activities. Residents enjoyed an Art Group making fish and crabs to go in the featured fishing nets, and the Gardening Group planned planting out the boat and bought suitable flowering plants.

Annika Short, service manager, said: “This project perfectly reflects our goal of achieving positive and life enhancing experiences and outcomes for our residents and the provision of supportive, creative, and stimulating environments.

“It is great to involve the people living here in making the home look lovely.

“There are solar lights for the evening giving a restful and peaceful ambiance. It provides a topic for discussion and residents enjoy going there for their key worker meetings, picnics and a place to meet up with friends.

“Current projects for the garden include making wind chimes, installing another surf board and decorating flower pots. It is a wonderful, creative addition that everyone benefits from, in so many different ways.”

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