Anya Court care home wins award for its ‘beautiful’ gardens in Rugby

The gardens at Anya Court
The gardens at Anya Court

Anya Court care home has won the award for Best Visual Appeal at the annual Hallmark in Bloom gardening competition.

The Rugby-based home, which specialises in residential, nursing and dementia care, was praised for its use of outdoor space and its resident engagement at the care provider’s company-wide event.

The gardens at Anya Court

The gardens at Anya Court

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

Hannah Bradford, hospitality services manager at Anya Court, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded Best Visual Appeal. “Since we opened our doors last year we have worked really hard to utilize our outdoor space and create a garden which can be enjoyed by our residents.

“I would like to thank the whole 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. We really love the resident’s crafts which are shown throughout the garden and really help create a colourful and interesting environment.”

A panel of judges from Hallmark Care Homes and gardening charity Thrive visited the home last month, along with 17 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 and educational officer for Thrive, said: “The structure put in place provides a peaceful and relaxing space but the home had done wonderfully to personalise the garden and add colour and interest that usually takes a few years for a garden to provide as it matures.

“The painted pots, containers, and baskets were stunning, awash with colour and all created by the residents.”

Anya Court, based in Dunchurch Road and opened in 2014 by John Craven, has a cinema, hairdressers and emporium shop.