Summerhill Care Home Kendal
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

Hayes Lockdown Donations

Brightness in the community

When we regretfully had to close our doors at the beginning of the COVID Lockdown we had a store full of perishable items; bedding plants, summer bulbs, flowering houseplants and food. These items would not last until we set up the Personal Shopper service, so what to do with them? Throwing them into the skip would have been unthinkable so we went out into the local community and donated them to good causes. The summer bulbs were put on offer and promoted on Facebook, about £80 worth of bulbs for just £10, the offer went down a storm and hopefully there will be gardens full of colour this summer. If you took advantage of this offer please post your bloomin’ photos on our Facebook page.

Food banks, allotment societies and care homes also received goods; one of these was the Summerhill Care Home in Kendal. Along with plants from Hayes the care home also received Grasmere Gingerbread from the Gingerbread Shop and bags of clothes from local artist Lana Grindley.

Summerhill Home Manager Kathleen Dean said: “The acts of kindness people have shown across the whole community has been lovely and this donation was very heart-warming, the feeling of the community coming together is amazing.”

Some of the residents planted the bulbs outside in the grounds while others received a cheery houseplant for their rooms. “Planting the bulbs was lovely and it was nice to know they’d been donated locally, it was a lovely change and just what we needed at this time.”

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If you have any pictures of yourself enjoying our plants and bulbs please post them for us all to see on our Facebook page.