Welcoming wildlife to our new secret garden

Broadway Halls Care Home, Dudley-Resident Eve with hand-painted pebbles for our secret garden

“Our residents have had an absolute blast completing this project and we are all very proud of everyone’s involvement."

Residents at Broadway Halls Care Home have recently enjoyed creating a mini nature reserve in our garden as part of our Naturewatch activities.

Throughout May, brighterkind homes across the UK have been getting close to nature and the great outdoors with their own ‘Naturewatch’ themed events. From animal visits, to getting their hands dirty gardening, to welcoming insects to their home-made bug hotels, residents have enjoyed learning about the creatures and nature surrounding us.

Here at Broadway Halls, our residents love spending time in our beautiful garden and after discussing the project and coming to a unanimous decision to encourage more wildlife to visit us we decided to give two of our raised planters a makeover.

We researched the best plants to attract butterflies and bumblebees and our maintenance team even made us a fantastic 5 star luxury Bug Palace!

Rather than just planting the flowers, we thought we would theme the planters and came up with the idea of creating a secret garden. There are paths, hidden rocky areas, tiny huts for critters to sleep in, a shiny pond with sugar water to feed the butterflies and bees, our bug hotel, and we have started work on a hidden pond that will be filled with tiny fish.

Magic Moments Club Coordinator Matthew said “Our residents have had a blast completing this project and we are all very proud of everyone’s involvement. We are looking forward to welcoming our wildlife guests to their very own secret garden.”

At Broadway Halls we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them ‘Magic Moments’.

Every brighterkind home now has a Magic Moments Club which provides a vast range of activities and fun things to do that are open to all of our residents. The idea behind Magic Moments is that just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to love every day, by doing the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.

Broadway Halls Care Home is located in Dudley, West Midlands, and provides dementia carenursing carepalliative careresidential care and respite care.

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