Oleander House resident is delighted with the winning garden.

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Twin services sow the seeds to success with nautical garden

14 August 2018

Telford residents with learning disabilities have teamed up with a neighbouring retirement living community and bagged two wins in a national gardening competition organised by their housing provider.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Oleander House, which provides supported housing for people with learning disabilities, joins Sanctuary Retirement Living’s Rose Manor to claim victory in SSL’s Ready, Steady Grow competition.

The contest has seen housing services across the country compete to give their gardens a dazzling makeover.

Oleander House resident is delighted with the winning garden. Oleander House resident is delighted with the winning garden.

Both services took home the overall prize for Best Community Garden, for their seaside theme, while Oleander House resident Simon Hill also won the regional title of Individual Garden.

Oleander House and Rose Manor’s seaside garden, which comes complete with surfboards fashioned from wooden pallets, was the latest opportunity for the two groups of residents to work together on a joint project.

The nautical effort featured seaside creatures, surfboards, ice cream decorations and lighthouses. A grounded boat completed the look, stocked with flowers, shells, pebbles and seaside decorations.

The two communities gave recognition to SSL services further afield too, with a multi-faceted signpost pointing the way to other SSL supported housing and retirement living communities in the West Midlands.

Both Simon and the two services will be receiving a prize certificate and B&Q vouchers to keep their gardens in tip-top shape, while Oleander House and Rose Manor will receive an additional trophy to celebrate their success.

SSL operations director Sara Keetley, who will be presenting the prizes later this month, said: “We were impressed by the commitment to Oleander House’s seaside theme, with lots of little touches that brought it all together. The whole garden was colourful and there was something interesting to see in all areas.

"Congratulations to all our residents for taking part; it was a tough decision and it was wonderful to see so much enthusiasm from people across our services getting involved.”

SSL local service manager Wendy France added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won the award for Best Community Garden; it’s been a real triumph of the co-operative approach we’ve taken to our services at Rose Manor and Oleander House.

“The garden has brought our residents closer together and provided opportunities for them to apply a personal touch, such as the decorative boat brought in by our sailing fan Andrew.”

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