Care home saluted for creative use of outdoor space with national award

The outdoor space at Britten Court in Lowestoft, which has won a national award. Picture: Care UK

The outdoor space at Britten Court in Lowestoft, which has won a national award. Picture: Care UK - Credit: Archant

A care home's outdoor space has been recognised at a national awards ceremony honouring the very best of the care sector.

Britten Court care home, in Lowestoft, came away with the gong for Best Garden Space at this year's Care Home Management Awards.

With 17 awards presented, the ceremony is held annually to celebrate the very best achievements in the long-term care sector, highlighting excellence and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care.

Based on Love Road, the Care UK-run home received praise for its creative use of outdoor space and the inclusiveness of the project as a whole - not only for residents but also members of the local community.

'We were all absolutely delighted when it was announced that we had the won the award,' said home manager, Chloe Swarbrick. 'The nomination was fantastic in itself, so to walk away as winners was just the icing on the cake.

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'Our garden is an important space for residents, relatives and the care team alike, so I am thrilled that it has been recognised with a national award.

'We have lots of plans for our outdoor areas in the future, including garden art, papier-mâché windmills and a wishing well – so watch this space!'

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At the centre of the Britten Court garden is a memory path, which winds its way through fruit trees and ends at the heritage-listed oak tree that takes pride of place in the grounds.

The path itself is a visual representation of the residents, their children and grandchildren, the nurses, carers and everyone with an involvement at the home. Stones have been decorated by residents and visitors to give the garden a sense of personality and belonging.

Care UK's residential care service managing director, Andrew Knight, added: 'I cannot begin to describe just how proud I am of all the teams shortlisted for these awards.

'The fact we were shortlisted for 14 different awards and five different homes actually took home trophies is testament to the hard work and dedication of all our teams in providing the best possible lifestyle for the 7000-plus people we support.

'It's fantastic to see public recognition of that dedication and commitment.'

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