18th May 2017

Grand Opening for Rothwell’s Dementia Friendly Garden

The first dementia friendly garden in a UK public park was officially opened in Rothwell on 17 May by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Gerry Harper. It is now part of Dementia Friendly Rothwell, led by local dementia awareness campaigners Peter and Liz Smith.

Guests at the opening included members of the local community, local and city councillors, the Giving Voice Choir, KL Falconry, Connect For Health and Carers Leeds, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and West Yorkshire Police.

The garden has been specially designed with help from Leeds City Council and dementia researchers at the University of Stirling, creating a place where people living with dementia can feel comfortable, enjoy sharing time with friends and family and meet other people.

New paths, seating and railings have been installed and the large raised beds have been filled with colourful scented flowering plants. The aviary, which runs along one side of the garden, has been completely refurbished.

The £35,000 development has been made possible through supporters ranging from the council, local businesses and local individuals. Hadrian Healthcare were also delighted to donate towards the garden.

“Although the opening took place in torrential rain it didn’t dampen the mood of the celebration at all,” said Kim Eames, lifestyle coordinator at Oulton Manor care home. “And the new plants had an excellent watering in!

“We are very proud to support the garden and to be part of Dementia Friendly Rothwell. Our links with our local community are extremely important to us and our residents. As well as being out and about we enjoy welcoming local visitors to our events at Oulton Manor.” 

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