Although we may not have had as much sunshine as we would usually expect this summer, we have had the chance to get outside to enjoy our gardens, communities and nature, albeit with a touch of drizzle and a few gusts of wind!

At the end of July, we launched our latest competition for the care sector, where we encouraged care homes to get their residents outdoors, celebrating nature in their most creative ways.

We have long known the benefits of getting outside and taking in the fresh air, but how often do we really take in the scenery and notice the creatures, bird and flowers amongst us. In the UK we are lucky to have many animals calling our countryside as well as busy towns and cities, their home. We have colourful and stunning wildflowers lining our roads and an abundance of allotments across counties.

Our Creative Care Home competition showed us just how important and enjoyable it can be for those in residential settings to have nature as a key focus of their activities all year round. We had some great entries from poems, paintings, videos to a story, photos of a variety of nature themed activities and special memories from a former world championship swimmer! Here are our ten winners and some of the entries that they sent to us.

  • Bartley Green Lodge
  • Eliza Palmer Hub
  • Elm Lodge
  • Highwater House
  • Hillcrest Care Home
  • Jim Gillespie House
  • Mantles Court
  • The Chestnuts Retirement Home
  • Tickford Abbey
  • Timken Grange Care Home

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