Care home residents at Balhousie Luncarty this week broke ground on a brand new garden, part of a competition they hope will catch the eye of TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh.
Resident John Simpson (pictured) dug the first hole in the first step towards transforming the gardens of the historic property, formerly a country home.
Staff, residents and community volunteers joined in with planting and the first of many garden activities which will create some fun projects over the next two months.
The garden revamp is part of Balhousie in Bloom, a company-wide garden competition taking place across Balhousie Care Group’s 26 care facilities in Scotland. The winner, to be judged by Alan Titchmarsh, will receive a £500 prize from Balhousie for its residents’ comfort fund.
Balhousie Luncarty received donations of plants from local Aldi, B&Q, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Lidl and Morrisons stores.
However, Home Manager Cheryl Banks is keeping ‘mum’ about the garden’s design plans. “All I can say is that our new garden will be a celebration not only of the care our staff show but also the strength of Balhousie Luncarty’s community links. Our home is located right in the heart of Old Luncarty village and has close ties with the local nursery and community groups. We don’t ever take these associations for granted, so we wanted to create a project which would pull everyone together. Let’s just hope Alan is impressed!”
If you have a donation or would like to volunteer, contact the home on 01738828163.