Framlingham care home residents get closer to nature

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Residents and Care UK colleagues at Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham have been getting closer to nature and enjoying their new garden, as part of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch that took place on the last weekend in January.

Mills Meadow’s peaceful location has helped make the home a haven for wildlife although with it being part way through a two-stage redevelopment it had been a while since residents have seen their feathered friends. The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch was a good opportunity to attract the birds back and residents have been delighted to see them return.

Mills Meadow home manager, Sue Hill, said “We have been busy putting up nest boxes and bird feeders around the garden and we have spotted many bird species so far. Birdwatching is a very calming and sensory activity, with specific benefits for those living with dementia, so we were all pleased to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and will be leaving the feeders out so that residents can continue to enjoy birdwatching throughout the spring.”  

By September 2015, the full redevelopment of Mills Meadow will be complete, including a new landscaped garden with a wildlife pond, pergola and many seating areas for residents and their relatives to enjoy in the warmer months.

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch has taken place annually over the last 35 years, with the information collected each year helping the RSPB form a picture of bird populations across the country and highlighting any trends or changes. For more information, visit rspb.org.uk

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