Our Gardens

At Colten Care, we pride ourselves on our beautiful and stimulating gardens. We recognise that many of our residents had such gardens themselves, and that gardening may have been a special pastime for them. We like to think that we can offer residents the opportunity to continue that pastime in whatever way they feel appropriate.

Whether you enjoy walking amongst the blossoming buds, or just simply wish to keep a watchful eye on the sparrows and squirrels, we hope you find a piece of the garden to make your own.

Above: Charl​es Hubberstey, Colten Care Head Gardener

"Most of the interest in the garden is concentrated around the entrance to the home and the small garden viewed from the dining room. As it is now twenty years old, it has had many areas renewed over the years and benefits from mature trees and new plantings providing interest all year round. The garden has been managed on organic principles for several years. I have added multiple composting areas to the existing leaf collecting area and use mainly cultural methods of weed control, peat free compost, and organic plant feed. For a small garden, it is well used by the local bird populations for feeding, bathing and nesting. From my very first day in the job, residents and visitors have been complimentary about the garden. It's nice to have your work appreciated, and after 18 months looking after Abbey View, I feel I have made my mark. I take photos most weeks whilst I am working and put them in an occasional newsletter for the residents, which is appreciated by those who do not get out in the garden.

Most residents who access the gardens sit and read or socialise with friends and family, take afternoon tea, or have lunch in the garden, either in the seating areas close to the entrance or up on the main patio - a sun trap that is visited all year round."

Jackie, Gardener at Abbey View

You can read more about the great work of our gardening team in this carehome.co.uk article

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