Growing Support Gardening Challenge

Growing Support have partnered with Care Home Open Day to invite care homes to take part in our first ever Growing Support Gardening Challenge on June 17th 2016. We want to celebrate Care Home Open Day by turning care home gardens across the UK into lively hubs of community activity.

The Growing Support Gardening Challenge isn’t about great gardens – it’s about great people. We want to celebrate the fantastic work of staff and residents of care homes nationwide. Care homes will be able to enter any one of four challenges:

Celebrate Community: Friendships are what life is all about and working together is a great way to develop new relationships. Are you planning a family gardening day? Or have you invited local volunteers to help replant a raised bed? Tell us how you have opened the door to the community to work together in the garden as part of Care Home Open Day.

Celebrate Age: You’re never too young or too old to enjoy the garden. Have you got plans to bring together people of all ages to work in the garden as part of Care Home Open Day? Maybe you’ve invited children from the local school to create a herb garden or perhaps your garden is full of residents’ grandchildren making scarecrows! Either way, we want to hear all about it.

Celebrate Success: Lets celebrate the fantastic achievements of your residents. We want to hear about how any of your residents has overcome a personal challenge to work in the garden. Has a resident been outside in the garden for the first time? Or, has everybody worked together to spruce up the garden in time for Care Home Open Day? Let us know!

Celebrate the Queen’s Birthday: Let loose your creative side and show us how you’ve celebrated the Queen’s Birthday as part of Care Home Open Day – be it making a flower arrangement in royal colours or planting patio containers to attract “Queen” Bees, we’d love to hear about it.

All winners will receive a lovely Celebration Rose for the garden to mark your success and there are other great prizes including a trophy, tools and plants for your garden and free access to activity sessions and training from Growing Support.


To take part in Care Home Open Day all you have to do is register your care home at www.carehomeopenday.org.uk. More information about the Growing Support Gardening Challenge with details about how to enter, prizes and step by step activity guides to help get you started are available on the Growing Support website www.growingsupport.co.uk.

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