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In full bloom – Suffolk care homes compete in regional flower festival

June 6th 2019


Suffolk care home residents put their green-fingers to the test when they took part in a flower festival inspired by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and created unique flower displays to ‘wow’ a panel of judges.

Asterbury Place

The team at Hartismere Place welcomed residents and care teams from ten Care UK homes across Suffolk to compete in the flower show and be crowned winners of the flower-arranging competition.

Residents and team members from 10 Care UK homes in Suffolk showcased their gardening skills and presented a flower arrangement to enter into awards for six categories, including best home, best theme, and most enthusiastic team.

The flower show participants enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea while the judges Anne Gregory, HR manager at Care UK, Phillip Steyn, regional director at Care UK, and Ian Patterson, from Suffolk County Council, decided on the winning designs. 

After much deliberation, prizes were awarded to: Vera Harrison, for Best Resident Entry; Britten Court for Best Resident Group Entry, Best Home Entry, and Best Theme and Presentation; Asterbury Place for Most Enthusiastic, and Glastonbury Court were awarded the People’s Choice Award.

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Abhilash Gopi, home manager at Hartismere Place, commented: “The Suffolk Flower Festival was a huge success, and it was a pleasure to welcome the neighbouring care homes to Hartismere Place. The flower arrangements were extremely creative with a great deal of thought going into their creations. The residents participating gave the Chelsea Flower Show entrants a real run for their money!”

Christine Da Silva, home manager at Asterbury Place, added: “An outdoor hobby, such as gardening and growing flowers can improve older people’s wellbeing, and encourages new friendships to blossom. We are incredibly proud of the flower arrangements, and we would like to say a huge thank you to Suffolk County Councilfor helping us award the prizes to the winning teams.”

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Care UK’s purpose-built Asterbury Place was rated “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission in April 2019, and it’s easy to see why. All rooms are well furnished and have their own en-suite wet rooms. There are also many comfortable lounges that the residents are free to relax in or to enjoy joining in with the many activities. In the home we also have our hair salon, café, and cinema - we even have our own dog! Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate and knowledgeable care. We welcome diversity at Asterbury Place, with a number of residents coming from other countries. We do everything we can to help them feel at home, from learning to speak their native language to cooking their favourite meals.

Asterbury Place
76 Aster Road

0147 385 8611

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Respite care

Hartismere Place is a brand new, purpose-built care home in Eye – an ancient market town in North Suffolk. Everything about the 60-bed home has been designed to support your loved one to continue to enjoy a fulfilling, varied and comfortable lifestyle.

Hartismere Place
Castleton Way
IP23 7DD

0333 321 1988

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
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