Somerset

Somerset care home residents help design gardens

Gardens at Elliscombe House
Image caption The gardens at Elliscombe House recently had paths added to make them accessible to residents

Elderly residents at a care home in Somerset are helping to redesign its undeveloped seven-acre gardens.

The Aurora Care Group, which owns Elliscombe House in Wincanton, introduced the initiative to allow its residents to have a say in how the gardens are developed.

An outdoor cafe, sensory garden and pond are some ideas being considered.

A fund-raising campaign has been launched to help raise about £15,000 needed to make the improvements.

An Aurora Care spokesman said the initiative is "a means to turn the gardens for the residents of Elliscombe House into a reality".

"The garden project is a prime priority to us, giving residents access to the outdoor facilities of the home in a way that has never previously been possible," he said.

A fund-raising event is taking place over the weekend, showcasing creative works by residents and staff at Elliscombe House.

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