Retirement Housing Residents Say Garden Award is 100% Down to Neighbourly Effort

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Residents at Rotary Lodge, Worthing, are celebrating after their joint transformation effort earned them a ‘Most Improved Garden’ award. The ‘Hanover in Bloom’ competition is run by Hanover, a leading retirement housing provider. The prestigious annual event is open to each of Hanover’s 600-plus estates across the country. Residents battle to win prizes from five categories, each of which test and showcase gardening knowledge and green finger expertise.

We'd been considering a move for some time – our old flat just wasn't suitable anymore once I needed a wheel chair We thought about what was best for us in the long term.

Retirement housing residents say garden award is 100% down to neighbourly effort.

Residents at Rotary Lodge, Worthing, are celebrating after their joint transformation effort earned them a ‘Most Improved Garden’ award.

The ‘Hanover in Bloom’ competition is run by Hanover, a leading retirement housing provider. The prestigious annual event is open to each of Hanover’s 600-plus estates across the country. Residents battle to win prizes from five categories, each of which test and showcase gardening knowledge and green finger expertise.
Rotary Lodge, a Hanover development, is designed for older people and offers impressive modern properties for sale. Last year, residents asked Hanover for an area of the shared garden for their own use. After being given the nod, they turned the uncultivated patch of land into a real talking point.
Ann Stevens and her husband Bryan were among the first residents to move to Rotary Lodge. Ann said: “We’d been considering a move for some time – our old flat just wasn’t suitable anymore once I needed a wheel chair We thought about what was best for us in the long term.”

The estate regularly has afternoon teas and outings. But Ann says that transforming the shared garden into a wonderland has really brought neighbours together.

Ann added: “We decided to create a small patio with colourful and creative flower beds. Residents worked tirelessly on the garden project. Over the last few months it’s flourished and become the centre for special plants, treasured statues and ornaments. There’s a stunning sundial focal point too.”

Rotary Lodge’s estate manager, Steve Fenemore, said: “Most of the residents are very keen gardeners. They are thrilled about the award. Working on the garden has brought them closer together and it become a place where they can sit together in the sunshine and entertain visitors, family and friends.

“If anyone would like further information about living here at Rotary Lodge, they should call Hanover on 0800 280 2575.”

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