Nursing home residents grow their own in Ilford

Budding gardeners are gearing up for a community gardening day, with a little help from schoolchildren.

Residents at Seabrooke Manor, a nursing home run by Bupa in Lavender Place, Ilford, will be joined by young people for the Community Crops day on Wednesday.

The scheme will see local schools and members of the Princes Trust programme which develops skills and confidence of teenagers working together with their elders to plant and nurture both flowers and vegetables.

Caroline Davy, from Bupa, said: “For our residents who were keen gardeners before they joined us, Community Crops offers a great opportunity to get back involved, but it also helps minds as well as bodies.

“Particularly for our residents with dementia, sharing stories about ‘dig for victory’ and the tradition of growing your own are excellent memory triggers to aid connections with the past.”