Scholarship to help create a therapeutic garden in a care home

A CARE home in Macclesfield, Cheshire, is set to transform its garden after one of its team members won a coveted national scholarship.

Jasmin Lanzaderas, a nurse at Hollins Park on Victoria Road, plans to create a therapeutic garden space for residents.

His ideas include a greenhouse, a water feature, a sensory journey to particularly benefit people with dementia, and ‘destination zones’ where there will be an outdoor confectionery and pub.

The judges of the Elsie Wagg Scholarship, which is open to nurses involved in projects to promote the benefits of gardening, were very impressed and awarded Jasmin a scholarship.

She said: “I have always loved gardening and even grow my own flowers at home. I am excited to begin.

“After speaking with the residents and hearing how much they love being outdoors, I quickly realized that we needed to make the garden accessible to everyone and bring the outdoors in whenever possible.

Tracy Norbury, Manager of Hollins Park, added: “This is a fantastic achievement and a true testament to Jasmin’s hard work in crafting such a brilliant and innovative proposal.

“Gardening itself has many therapeutic benefits for older people, especially those with dementia, encouraging physical activity and also time spent outdoors, which can help reduce stress levels and d ‘anxiety.

“I would like to say a big thank you to Jasmin – we can’t wait to see our garden transformed.”