Green and serene New Forest Christmas at Belmore Lodge

Green and serene New Forest Christmas 

Colten Care brings the outside in, with peaceful green oasis to support residents' mental and physical wellbeing at Belmore Lodge Lymington

botanical interior Belmore Lodge

New Forest Colten Care home Belmore Lodge has ‘brought the outside in’ with the launch of a peaceful indoor oasis to support residents’ mental and physical wellbeing.

The new botanical lounge at Belmore Lodge in Lymington features an abundance of lush plants in a bright, airy space that will evolve in line with the seasons and residents’ interests in gardening.   

A living wall and planters contain plant varieties known for being among the best at absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the air.

They include dragon trees, spider plants, aspidistras and mother-in-law’s tongue, all helping to create a fresh, therapeutic ambience. 

Gardeners at the home have added some further seasonal cheer to the greenery through colourful cyclamens, orchids and poinsettias.

Reclining with a book in a sunny window seat, resident John Webster said: “This is a truly beautiful, peaceful setting that will be thoroughly enjoyable to escape to. I’ll be coming back to sit in the morning sunshine as often as I can.”

ribbon cutting of botanical interior Belmore LodgeWhile the first-floor lounge is open to residents at all times, it is hoped it will also become a focus for the home’s garden club which meets regularly throughout the year.

Club enthusiast Jean Denham said: “I’m really looking forward to having our garden club sessions here in the lounge, in particular to learn about the variety of plants.”

Belmore Lodge Home Manager Julie House said: “It’s widely acknowledged that plants are good for you.

“Gardening and engaging with the natural world is a positive and therapeutic activity that improves both mental and physical wellbeing.

“This botanical room is a quiet, serene space well away from any screens or commotion, somewhere you can experience a fresh-air feeling all year round.”

The home’s Companionship Team Leader May Butcher said: “Many of our residents have a background of living in a country environment and are used to experiencing the peace and tranquility that comes with it. 

“We also have very keen gardeners among us who have taken a huge interest in our gardening club and can now enjoy this in an indoors setting available at any time regardless of the English weather.”

The second picture is of resident Rose Ellis performing the official ribbon-cutting to open the new botanical lounge at Colten Care's Belmore Lodge in Lymington. On her left is Home Manager Julie House and on the right Operations Manager Julie Jones.

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Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes online

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. 

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home... 

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