Northumbria in Bloom Winners Once More

September 2016

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Middleton Hall’s gardening team are proud recipients of not only a Northumbria in Bloom Special Award – Gold, but also Overall Gold in the category of Care, Residential, Convalescent Homes, Day Centres and Hospices.

The Northumbria in Bloom campaign began in 1964. It is part of the RHS Britain in Bloom movement that encourages and celebrates horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation. 1,600 communities enter the annual awards nationwide, a reflection of how well established and respected the campaign really is.

northumbriainbloomlogo2016Northumbria in Bloom has eighteen categories of Special Awards. Within Middleton Hall’s category, sixteen communities won bronze, silver gilt, silver or gold awards. Middleton Hall is one of six to receive a gold. Going on to win the overall Gold – considered as best in the entire category, is very special indeed. Please see below for the very complementary judges’ comments.

The team has won a Special Gold Award previously, but did not win the overall Gold in 2015. Disappointed but undeterred, the team took judges’ comments on board and rolled their sleeves up in preparation for 2016. Residents and staff have watched with interest their hard work year round.

Following the excitement of the awards ceremony, the team are back doing what they love – digging, weeding and creating magic in our beautiful grounds. They are never too busy to pass the time of day with residents, many of whom know a thing or two about gardening themselves. Congratulations and let’s get planning for next year!

 

Judges’ Comments

“Middleton Hall Retirement Village is a very impressive business. It’s vision of providing for the accommodation, social and personal needs of older people is wide and all encompassing. It is both creatively reactive and intelligently proactive in meeting the needs of it’s customers. It takes into account every aspect of living positively.

An environment has been created that is both beautiful, therapeutic, and also life enhancing through encouraging creativity among residents.

Horticulturally, the schemes include formal displays, a pond, woodland walks, eco friendly meadows and an allotment site. They also have therapeutic gardens and a bird hide to encourage interaction with nature.

Many plans are afoot to improve the site even more for the benefit of the residents. We have every confidence that they will be realised. This is without a doubt a “five star” operation and an inspiring business model for others to follow.

The judges were impressed with the positive management model and the good staff relations.”