Resident Myra Millins, 95 and Betty Nau, 93 with carer Lauren Noureddin

Billericay care provider, , has been named Best Resident Engagement and Runner-Up at the annual Hallmark in Bloom gardening competition.

The home on Outwood Common Road, was praised for its use of outdoor space, improved resident participation and garden activities at the care provider’s company-wide event.

The Hallmark in Bloom competition first established in 2003, encourages residents and the local community to get involved in gardening, be it by planting pots or simply sitting in the garden and joining in with the conversation.

Sue Edwards, lifestyle leader at Anisha Grange said:

“We are delighted to have been crowned Best Resident Engagement and Runner-Up, every year we work harder and we look at new ways we can improve the gardens and engage with our residents. I would like to thank the care team, our volunteers and all of our fantastic residents who have contributed their time to make our gardens look beautiful, it shows what we can achieve when we work together.”

A panel of judges from Hallmark Care Homes and gardening charity Thrive visited the home last month, along with 15 other Hallmark care homes across England and Wales before coming to their decision.

Entrants were judged on resident involvement, best recording of gardening activities, visual appeal, and use of fresh produce in the home.

Damien Newman, training, education and consultancy manager for Thrive said:

“Anisha Grange have an established and considered approach to using the garden as fully as possible. This year has seen this continue and evolve further with as much activity as possible taking place outside the home including parties, outdoor eating and general relaxation.”

The positive news for the home, follows in the footsteps of Anisha Grange winning silver in the Care Home Garden award category at Billericay Town Council’s local gardening competition.

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