“When I wake up in the morning, the sun comes streaming in through the big windows. There are huge gardens right outside, and I can smell the flowers in my room.” Bill, resident
The gardens at both of our almshouses are the jewels in our crown. They are beautiful, creative places where John Betts House or Sycamore House residents can get involved – or simply relax and enjoy.
Our community gardener, Jackie, has built up the gardens based on organic principles. She grows plants that attract butterflies, bees and birds, and plants that are stimulating in colour, aroma and texture.
Residents can tend to their own hanging baskets, pots and allotments and get involved in various gardening projects and workshops that Jackie runs to help them engage with the garden.
Our gardens have won many awards at the London Garden Society competition, which are judged according to Royal Horticultural Society guidelines.
Hear from our trainee community gardener, Victoria, who helps residents enjoy the gardens and keeps them looking beautiful.