Solden Hill House is set in 8 ½ acres of grounds attractively laid out with trees, lawns, flower beds, vegetable garden and a greenhouse. Residents are encouraged to participate in outdoor activities, where they are able to tend flower beds, grow plants in the greenhouse, tend the vegetable garden, gather leaves in the season, and generally assist with the tending of the whole garden area.
This is a popular activity and residents gain in many ways:
The opportunity for positive physical activity, carefully monitored for each person to ensure that their individual needs and physical abilities are taken into account.
The satisfaction gained from seeing a plant grow from a small seedling planted in a tray, through to gathering vegetables for use in our kitchens, or picking flowers for the house.
Our gardeners work as a group and gain immensely from the social interaction, working together towards a goal and enjoying the achievement of a job well done.
It is also most satisfying to see how the gardens are put into use during the summer months, with barbecue lunches taking place on our large patio area and everyone enjoying the outdoor facilities.
Picnics are taken into the garden where the shade provided by the apple orchard can be enjoyed in hot summer weather, and great fun is enjoyed when our sports days are held on the lawns – there’s nothing like a wheelbarrow race for audience and participant entertainment!