Gala opening for Bield’s blooming great garden

Margaret GardenA Glenrothes care home has celebrated the opening of its dementia friendly garden with a traditional summer fete.

Bield’s Finavon Court has worked on its outdoor space to provide a welcoming, relaxing and safe environment for service users and their families to enjoy free of stress.

The fully accessible garden features raised beds and was funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and the Bank of Scotland Foundation.

This included £1,000 of Dobbies vouchers to help service users fill the beds with flora of their choice.

Angela Hayes, manager at Finavon Court, said they hope to be able to get plants and foliage that are bright throughout the year.

She added: “It is a fantastic idea to encourage everyone who lives here to spend more time outdoors and enjoy the outbreaks of good weather.

“The flowers are really starting to brighten things up and residents are really enjoying the excuse to get outdoors a wee bit more often.

“The fete was a great success and a lovely way to make the most of the revamped space.”

A strawberry theme made the most of the outdoors with cake and candy stalls providing a bite to eat for revellers to go with teas and coffees.

Finavon also received a visit from Therapy Ponies Scotland who brought Bonny their four-legged friend along to meet the residents and visitors.

The garden was opened by Kevin Rowe, fundraiser at Bield, who was instrumental in raising the funds for the space.

Kevin said: “Making the most of all our developments is a huge part of our ‘Free to Be’ ethos, enabling residents and tenants to live life as they choose as much as possible.

“The update to the garden is a great example of this and we’ve seen it put to great use today bringing the community together.”

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