Woodland walk extends golden era

AWARD:. At the start of the woodland walk are, from left, Home Manager Alison Bremner, resident Frances Barrow, gardener Lesley King and resident Dora Williams.
AWARD:. At the start of the woodland walk are, from left, Home Manager Alison Bremner, resident Frances Barrow, gardener Lesley King and resident Dora Williams.

Braemar Lodge in Salisbury has topped  a citywide gardening competition for the fourth year in a row.

Judges at the Salisbury City Council Garden Awards honoured the home with its second ‘Gold Gilt’, the highest grade given by the Royal Horticultural Society.

The repeat success follows the creation of a woodland walk, which residents helped to develop with gardener Lesley King and other staff members.

The wheelchair-friendly path stretches for more than 30 metres amid pear trees, ferns and primroses, and leads into a small orchard,  with raspberry and blackberry plants and a bug house.

Along the way are benches, bird baths and wooden leaning posts with paintings of birds done by residents.

Resident Dora Williams, 91, enjoys daily maintenance tasks in the garden. Praising Lesley’s work, Dora said: “What is so clever here is that when something is dying down, there is always something else coming up.  With Lesley’s imagination, we always have a continuation of lovely plants and colours.”

Lesley said: “We have now won two golds and two gold gilts. I think our success is because we adapt and develop the space and we like to get as many residents involved as we can.”

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