Towergate in Bloom Gardening Competition

As spring and summer arrive, we’re launching our 'Towergate in Bloom' competition to find out about and encourage gardening initiatives within care businesses. Enter by 31 August for the chance to win £250 worth of vouchers!

As the warmer weather arrives, more and more people will be starting to tend their garden. Particularly after the long cold winter, some time in the fresh air will be most welcome!

Garden activity won't just be in full swing in private or residential homes. Allotments and community gardens are also on the increase as people recognise the benefits of getting outdoors.

Health benefits of gardening

As specialists in the care sector, we know that gardening can provide many and varied benefits, including:

  • Fresh air, exercise and change of environment - contributing to increased strength and stamina and improved appetite and sleeping habits.
  • Improving co-ordination/motor skills from activities like sowing and picking.
  • Boosts to vitamin D, important for bone health and combatting depression.
  • Sensory stimuli, which are especially beneficial to dementia sufferers and can ease symptoms, improving memory and reducing agitation.
  • Encouraging people to reconnect with an activity they enjoy, invoke forgotten memories and help in the creation of life histories.
  • A sense of pride and achievement can be developed which can be shared with employees, visitors and the wider community.
  • A valuable perspective can be gained from the cycle of sowing, planting, nurturing and harvesting and benefits personal health and wellbeing.
  • Encourages other activities such as reading, flower arranging, painting and photography.
  • Social interaction with others, which can combat loneliness.

How to enter

To celebrate the benefits of developing green fingers and getting outdoors, we are running a gardening competition – register now and we will send you a packet of summer flower seeds for you to plant and nurture.

To enter the competition, simply send us a short description (maximum 150 words) by 31 August 2018 on the benefits of gardening, along with a photo. All entries will be judged by our panel of experts and short-listed for the public to vote for their winning entry.

All shortlisted entries will get a prize, with the winner receiving £250 of vouchers and the second and third prizes, £50 worth of vouchers each.

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Terms and Conditions: Towergate in Bloom Gardening Competition

The competition is open to all UK based care homes, domiciliary care providers and hospices and is governed by English law.

Entry into the competition closes on 31 August 2018, after this date no further entry into the competition will be allowed. By entering the competition, all entrants agree the photograph they supply is their own and may be used by Towergate Insurance in any promotional activity. All entrants will be evaluated and short listed by judges appointed by Towergate Caring Professions Division and their decision is final. Only one entry per individual care home, domiciliary care provider or hospice into the competition is allowed.

The short-listed entrants will be subject to a public vote which will open on the 7 September 2018. The winners will be notified by telephone on 28 September 2018. Employees of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and/or any of its holding or subsidiary companies or their family members shall not be permitted to enter the competition. The winning prizes will be Compliments vouchers which can be used in a wide variety of locations and are subject to their own terms and conditions. No cash alternative will be offered.

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