Wheatlands Garden Party

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Balhousie Wheatlands Care Home welcomed the Lord Provost of Falkirk on Wednesday 21st May to open their new sensory garden after months of hard work, dedication and fund raising by staff, relatives and residents.

The Pollock Garden is named after Jessie Pollock, a former resident of the home who donated money to help regenerate the grounds. Members of Mrs Pollock’s family attended the celebrations to witness the unveiling and view the legacy left by their late mother.

Grace Sloan, Home Manager said, ‘Opening the garden is an amazing achievement for the home, I’m over the mood at how it has turned out and couldn’t be more thankful to all those involved for making it happen, it’ll make such a difference to the lives of our residents.”

Grace continued: “A sensory garden provides a great environment for our residents to experience the scents and sounds of the outdoors within safe and secure grounds. This can often bring back and encourage fond memories to those suffering from dementia, it’s great to see the enjoyment it brings.”

The opening follows months of dedicated fundraising by staff and relatives alike. In Autumn 2013, Wheatlands took to the River Tay in a white water rafting challenge and raised £1260 toward garden furniture.

Pupils from the local primary school, Bonnybridge arrived at Wheatland to work with resident to create colourful potting plant displays. This was followed by a visit from the Zoo Lab who provided entertainment and education on the types of animals found in the garden.