Gardeners of all ages enjoyed a planting extravaganza yesterday, 11 July, at our Malvern care homes in Worcestershire. David’s Nurseries donated summer bulbs and a team of their gardeners joined staff, volunteers and residents to bed in dahlias, lilies and begonias.
David’s Nurseries, part of the Home and Garden Group, has been fundraising for Friends of the Elderly for two years and presented the care homes with over £200 as a result.
Eddie Reid, Manager of David’s Nurseries, told us: “We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Friends of the Elderly – they are a great charity that does great work which is obviously close to the hearts of many of our customers. It’s great to be able to connect generations together, and events like this help make that possible. Planting bulbs is always an investment into the future and we look forward to seeing them bring joy to the residents in the years to come.”
Sophie Roberts, 20, is a sales assistant at David’s Nurseries and was one of the bulb-planting team. An avid gardener, she told us: “Gardening is a fantastic common link and interest across the generations. Time is precious; it’s good to spend time with older people, enjoying things together like gardening, which is such a nice gentle pastime that you can take at your own pace, but which also keeps you active, no matter how old you are. I love talking to people of all ages about my garden!”
This special event was part of our ongoing commitment to providing meaningful activities, encouraging friendships across the generations and placing our care homes at the heart of their local communities.
James Wadlow, General Manager at our Malvern site, said: “We are looking forward to watching the bulbs grow and flower. They will make a great addition to our sensory garden. We’d like to thank everyone at David’s Nurseries for their support.”
Photo by Keiran Walton (David’s Nurseries)