Sowing seeds of success in Sheffield dementia care garden

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Everything in the garden is lovely at Springwood Residential Care home in Sheffield.

The home on Herries Road boasts a special new dementia care garden - after residents on the award-winning dementia wing worked alongside garden experts to create the tranquil spot.

It is now being used for visits by family and friends and to stimulate positive responses from people living with dementia.

“Gardens are a wonderful way to engage and stimulate people living with dementia,” said Belinda Gibson, chief executive of Sheffcare which runs the home.

“The fact that so many people wanted to get involved demonstrates very clearly how effective something as simple as spending a little time in the garden can be.

“We are delighted our Springwood residents took so enthusiastically to the garden.”

The garden features seating areas, potted plants and antique tools.

It was designed by Andrew Bailey.

He said: “The staff at Springwood play a major role in the function of the garden as a therapeutic space and it is their commitment to getting the users outside that is vital.

“We worked with the staff to run a variety of gardening and planting activities and, by the end, the number of residents who wanted to come outside had tripled.”

Springwood is one of 11 care homes run across Sheffield by not-for-profit organisation Sheffcare.