We've Donated Shrubs to Woodstock Care Home

Our Head Gardener made a special visit to a Woodstock care home to help plant a selection of donated flowering shrubs.

Hilary Wood was joined by staff and residents from Spencer Court as she planted the lavender bushes, hebes and penstemons in the care home’s extensive gardens.

Spencer Court is situated a stone's throw away in Woodstock.

The home, which is run by the Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), offers high-quality and compassionate residential and early-stage dementia care for up to 46 residents in calm, friendly and comfortable surroundings.

OSJCT Spencer Court Home Manager, Dorte Chandler, said: “I would like to say thank you to Hilary and her team on behalf of all the staff and residents for the kind donation of the garden shrubs.

“As the weather warms up our residents will be spending more times in their gardens and will enjoy seeing these plants and shrubs grow.”

In addition to the donated shrubs Hilary has also volunteered to build new herb planters for the home.

“As someone who spends much of their time surrounded by plants and flowers I know very well what a positive impact they have on our wellbeing and I was delighted to have the opportunity to provide a selection of flowering shrubs for the residents and staff at Spencer Court to enjoy,” said Hilary.

“Gardening and horticulture is such an inclusive activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds and anything which helps to spread that positive message is to be welcomed,” she added.

Spencer Court is one of 65 care homes and 14 extra care housing schemes, run by OSJCT, a not for profit charitable Trust which is responsible for the care of over 3,500 residents and employs nearly 4,800 staff.

OSJCT is sponsored by two historic Orders of Chivalry. One is the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Jerusalem, Rhodes & Malta.

The other is the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

Between them, these two Orders bring a combined total of over 1,000 years of experience in care, relief and service.