Residents to bloom in Daphne’s garden

Planting a new garden at Wood Grange Care Home in Bourne are  Daphne Ledward and resident Tony Cook. SG290415-112TW
Planting a new garden at Wood Grange Care Home in Bourne are Daphne Ledward and resident Tony Cook. SG290415-112TW
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A retired TV and radio gardening personality is saying thank you to the care home in Bourne where her husband is now living in the way she knows best – by creating something beautiful for the residents to enjoy.

Daphne Ledwood is transforming the garden at the Wood Grange Care Home with pretty hanging baskets, mobiles, solar powered features and raised vegetable beds.

Her husband John (82) has been resident at the home since November last year, being transferred to the Memory Lane unit after a stay in Pilgrim Hospital following a stroke.

Visiting her husband in the home has not been an easy transformation for Daphne.

The couple have been together since the 1980s and lived together in Seas End Road, Surfleet. They met when they both worked at the BBC, John as an audio engineer.

Daphne said: “Wood Grange is such a wonderful place, I wanted to thank the staff for being so lovely to John and this is what I know, so I’m creating a garden for them.”

Work started just over a week ago and already the fruits of their labours are starting to show.

Daphne said: “We planted some seeds to grow vegetables to be used in the Memory Lane kitchen and the plants are already coming through. All of this rain has been really good for them.

“John came out to watch us. He had his coat and mine – it was the first time he’d been out since November and it was really nice having him there. He seems to know who I am.

“Some residents helped out in the garden, too, but not all of them can.

“One lady spend a lot of time looking out of the window, so we made sure she had something nice to look at.”

Contacts of Daphne’s were generous in donating plants and seeds, including Peter Harrison of Westwood Nursery at Bulby and Mr Fothergill’s Seeds of Newmarket.

With most of the planting done, Daphne is already working on another project, organising a dog show to raise money for the home on June 28.