23 May 2016
Residents and staff at Buckingham Lodge officially opened their garden with a special community event on Saturday 21 May.
Buckingham Lodge in Aylesbury celebrated with a dog show, barbecue, musical entertainment and games.
Local gardening expert Jim Webster has spent months helping the home to build an education and conservation garden, which will be a resource for local schoolchildren.
The garden features hexagonal pathways and raised beds so that residents with limited mobility can get involved with the gardening.
Carefully chosen plants mean that the garden is bee-friendly, and a sensory garden with strong smelling herbs adds interest for residents living with dementia.
Wendy Luck, Home Manager, said: “We are really excited to open our new garden after months of hard work, and I am glad lots of local people have come and joined the party.
“We had lots of suggestions from residents about what to plant and have tried to create something everyone in the home can enjoy, but it will also be a great resource for the wider Buckingham Park community.
“The world can be a confusing place for those living with dementia so we included features to make sure the garden is a positive experience for them - it seemed appropriate to officially open it during Dementia Awareness Week.”
Proceeds from the tombola and games will go to the Buckingham Lodge Amenities Fund, which enables the home to organise meaningful activities for residents.