RESIDENTS at a Huddersfield care home are getting the chance to make the most of the great outdoors in their new state-of-the-art garden.
The colourful space, which boasts raised decking looking out over magnificent views and contemporary features including a water fountain and decorative sunflower, was created after Bryan Wood home at Edgerton won a £10,000 grant.
The cash was part of the money given to Kirklees Council by the Government’s Health Department to improve the environment for its care homes.
Staff and the elderly residents at Bryan Wood originally planned to use the cash to create a woodland walkway around the back of the Victorian building.
But they decided to improve the garden after the council refused permission, due to the home being in a conservation area.
It was decided that the outdoor space needed a revamp to make it a more inviting and pleasurable place for people to sit out.
After staff, the residents and their families discussed how they wanted their new garden to look they enlisted Almondbury-based landscape gardeners Shaun Denton and Son to create their vision.
The space has now been transformed from a drab, plain courtyard to a stunning award-worthy masterpiece.
A new raised deck area stretches out towards the woods at the back of the care home and offers residents a pleasant place to sit.
A water feature, incorporating railway sleepers and quarry stone is a quirky feature and a sunflower designed and made by the landscape gardeners is embedded in the courtyard.
Bryan Wood manager Julian Shears said: “Before it was plain and there was nothing going on. Now it looks absolutely fantastic; Shaun has done an amazing job.
“We originally wanted a woodland walk, but this also works because the decking stretches out into the woods and gives the residents a lovely view of the trees and squirrels.
“The residents think it’s brilliant and are itching to get out there.
“It’s a bit too cold for them at the moment, but I think they will be spending a lot of time out there when it gets warmer.”
The care home is holding an open day on Saturday, February 23 for local GPs and other workers that the homes uses to come and take a look at the new garden.