New Forest Colten Care residents support National Garden Scheme

Flower power in support of National Garden Scheme

More win win stories from Colten Care homes: green fingered residents get to do what they love and charities benefit as a result

seated residents in garden of flowers

Green-fingered residents at a New Forest care home enjoyed its debut in the prestigious National Garden Scheme (NGS) despite a lack of community visitors.

Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst was accepted for inclusion last year before the pandemic ruled out a traditional open day.

With lockdown restrictions continuing into this year, staff and residents decided to go ahead and hold their own internal NGS day, raising money for the scheme’s charities in the process.

Members of the Woodpeckers garden club joined fellow residents for the opportunity to view the colourful bulbs and blossoms in the company of in-house gardening experts and enjoy Sunday afternoon tea on the lawn.  

Colten Care’s Head Gardener Charles Hubberstey said: “NGS expects very high standards so it is a huge honour to be included in the scheme.

“It’s still a little too early for the home to be open to all visitors so, instead, the team made a really special effort to open the wonderful gardens just for the residents and help everyone enjoy a garden day.

“The bulbs were gorgeous, the blossom was in full glory and the lawns were verdant.

resident in wheelchair in garden with gardener“On top of that, several residents finished the afternoon with raffle prizes, and £133 was raised for NGS charities.

“Hopefully, in time, we can hold similar afternoons to welcome friends and visitors from the community.”

Garden club member Jean Knight praised Woodpeckers’ regular gardener Chris Marsh, saying: “It was nice that Chris personally took me around the garden for a tour.

“This is such a pleasant time of year with plants coming up out of the soil and he must have worked hard for it to look so beautiful.”

Fellow residents were equally impressed. Margaret Wirgman said: “We were lucky with the weather, which helped make it a lovely occasion all together.”

Iris Woodford said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and the raffle was the icing on the cake as I won a gorgeous vase.”

Elspeth Shepard said: “We have such an attractive garden. I appreciate it - you can look out from any window and see how magnificent it is. I think the mowed lawn in circles is a triumph.”

Woodpeckers is the latest Colten Care home to join the NGS after Brook View in West Moors and Braemar Lodge in Salisbury. 

Once accepted, venues are listed in the NGS Garden Handbook - or ‘Yellow Book’ as it is more commonly known – joining thousands of private gardens open to the public in normal times on scheduled dates.

The NGS started in 1927 and has since raised nearly £60 million for good causes including nursing and health charities and community gardening projects.

The top photo, seated in the garden at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Woodpeckers care home in Brockenhurst are from left residents Elspeth Shepard and Betty Hampton with Companionship Team Member Rose Applin.

The second is of resident Betty Hampton and gardener Chris Marsh. 

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Three of Colten's New Forest homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission: Linden House specialist dementia care home in Lymington, Woodpeckers residential home in Brockenhurst and Kingfishers in New Milton.


Find out more about Colten Care

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. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

Excellent nurse led careAll homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk

Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) and Mudeford - Avon Reach. Click on the links to find out more about each home... 

Colten Care's Avon Reach    Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Linden House Lymington 

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton    Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst




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