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Streatham Care Home Wins Gardening Award
Most men and many ladies have a garden shed where they can potter about and relax in their gardens, This shed can be a refuge from ‘the lady indoors’ or can be a store for all the garden tools which will be used to keep these gardens in tip top condition. Some buildings will be used as a workshop or craft room, in fact my wife has her own garden shed where she indulges in her hobby of card making, and many artistic items are made.
However, most care homes don’t have a garden room where you can still potter about which is a great shame. I’m sure that it is quite therapeutic being away from others and enjoying your own company. Maybe it’s something they could consider, all it would need is a small section of the garden set to one side. If the shed or summer house was large enough then it could be shared among the residents as you would expect older persons to be able to share more so than youngsters, why we could hope!
Full marks have to go to a care home in Streatham as they won a prestigious award for its garden. Charlie Dimmock, who is famous for Ground Force, the program where they go around transforming gardens in each program, presented the Barchester in Bloom national award to their superb garden. Lochduhar Care Home beat 57 other care homes in this competition and the awards ceremony was held in London at the Hurlingham Club.
These care home awards are for imaginative gardening and Lochduhar’s garden featured sensory and musical areas enabling the residents to enjoy their surroundings. This area was created by the residents and their relatives who devoted their own time to improve the garden at the home. It was a plain bare garden area and was transformed into a lively, colourful oasis for the residents of the Memory Lane dementia unit and is now a well used garden haven. I would expect that a garden shed or some form of garden building would be incorporated into the design which would be a great for the many residents who have had to give up gardening.
Lochduhar provides specialist help for persons with dementia, which is a very worrying condition, and physical disabilities. It’s located in the outskirts of the town in the Southern Uplands in Scotland. The manager of the home, Wendy Carruthers, said that it was a fantastic day and that the residents have staff have worked really hard nurturing, planting and designing this garden. She also went on to say, naturally, she was delighted to have won the final in this superb garden competition.
DNA of your Streatham Garden Shed
The work done on the DNA mapping and sequencing was a massive task and helped by many organisations working together and for the benefit of mankind. Some organisations have been trying to patent DNA sections of code but this is quite ludicrous – how can something be patented which is contained in every human being.
There are many aspects of DNA besides humans, in fact all living things have DNA, everything you can see in your Streatham garden, from the flowers, the garden plants and trees and even the wood in your garden sheds and out buildings contain DNA. In the 1st instance there was the individual trees cut down to make the sheds and then in another way the fact that garden sheds can be built up from constituent parts could be a similar type of construction. However, garden sheds can not be seen to have the most amazing construction as the building blocks of life do but it could be seen in principle. Who would have believed the shed could be seen this way.
At the National Botanic Garden genetic laboratory in Ireland biologists take the view that their analysis of DNA could save a number of indigenous species which are endangered. The researchers at the garden based in Glasnevin, just north of Dublin, are experimenting on a number of threatened plants. These include the Bull Island Liverwort of which only eight plants have been found. Whether you could find them in your garden or hiding behind your garden shed is another thing altogether, however, I’m sure these experts know what they are talking about.
They have found that by the use of DNA sampling they can study these plants without any risk to these endangered species. Another endangered garden plant is the Killarney Fern, which must be native to Irish gardens, is also being studied to find how why it is not reproducing properly.
Director of the Gardens, Dr Peter Wyse Jackson said that he realised that plant conservation work they were doing needed to have a molecular basis to it. He also said that without the genetic basis to their work you are judging the book purely by its cover. DNA technology it has important as the basics like composts and garden tools found in the average Streatham garden.
The National Botanic Gardens in Ireland were founded in 1795 by the Dublin Society and is currently home to over 20,000 living plants with just a few of these residing in your garden or mine. Conservation of many garden plants plays an important role in their activities.
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