Pennington care home’s flower power boosts community gardens day

Belmore Lodge opened its gardens, helping raise funds towards local community

Belmore Lodge GardensMore than 100 people visited a Lymington nursing home as part of an open gardens day, helping to raise £1,400 towards church work in the community. Colten Care’s Belmore Lodge showed off its grounds as one of more than 12 venues for the biennial Pennington Open Gardens, organised by nearby St Mark’s Church.

Visitors were given tours, talks from expert gardeners about the flora and fauna on view, and afternoon tea and cake.

As well as relaxing and walking in their garden every day, Belmore Lodge’s green-fingered residents contribute to its look and feel through an informal gardening club.

Depending on the season, gentle tasks include planting bulbs for the spring, sowing seeds, tending a small plant nursery and looking after a vegetable garden.

“All our visitors seemed impressed and surprised to find such a warm and welcoming home,” said Charles Hubberstey, Colten Care Head Gardener. “The very last visitor of the day summed it up for me, saying: ‘When I drive past here in the future, I’ll think quite differently about it...thank you very much.’ That was certainly the recurring theme of what was a very positive and rewarding day. We’re also thrilled to have surpassed our visitor numbers from the last open gardens day two years ago.”

Wendy Couch, one of the open gardens organisers, said: “People from surrounding areas including Bransgore, Barton-on-Sea and New Milton all came along as well as local Pennington residents. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying our village, the stalls and refreshments in the churchyard, and the other gardens they visited.”

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