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Green-fingered care home resident

by Peter Wells

Green-fingered Berkshire resident turns his care home, Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court into a botanical beauty

Les Langley, a resident at RMBI Care Co. Home Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court, in Sindlesham (Wokingham), has started transforming his Home. He recently selected an array of beautiful plants for his fellow residents to enjoy when walking through the Home’s leafy grounds.

As a volunteer heritage gardener for South Hill Park, in Bracknell, Les had the expertise to carefully select plants according to their aspect and the soil they require. Colourful patio plants and perfect perennials were his final choices for the Home’s planting scheme.

“I thoroughly enjoy my gardening, both in the Home and at South Hill Park,” he said. “We have made some great friends within the Gardening Club, and I really look forward to going on a Wednesday morning. I love to be active and enjoy a good chat, some hard work, and tea and biscuits.”

As a green-fingered person, Les enjoys his weekly sessions with a group of volunteers, Bracknell Forest Council Heritage Team and Sharon Fletcher, one of the Activities Coordinators at the Home.

She says: “We were welcomed with open arms and Les’ mobility restrictions have been accommodated so he gets full enjoyment from gardening.” Sharon also highlights how beneficial this activity is for Les’ mental health and wellbeing. “He has made lots of new friends, and he’s been able to develop his plant and garden knowledge!” she says.

Regarding these benefits, resident Les explains: “Mixing with others is brilliant as I am a very sociable person. Even at my age, I am eager to be learning new things about plants! It’s so important to keep my brain busy.”

“I also enjoy sharing my love of the outdoors. Showing Sharon the skills of being a good gardener, she now knows the difference between a flower and a weed!” he adds with a mischievous laugh. Both residents and staff at Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court are now looking forward to seeing their new plants grow. They know the plants will bring them joy every time they step out into the Home’s gardens.

RMBI Care Co. Home Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh Court is run by RMBI Care Co., part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation. For more information, please visit: Home – RMBI


RMBI Care Co. provides residential care, nursing care and residential dementia support to older Freemasons, their families and people in the wider community. We have been caring for older people for over 180 years and today, we support over 1,000 residents across 17 care homes in England and Wales with a focus on wellbeing and quality outcomes.

We treat each person as an individual. We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy later life and we are here to help our residents stay as independent as possible. Above all, we live by our values – kind, supportive and trusted.

RMBI Care Co. is part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation – Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons, their friends and families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) builds better lives by encouraging opportunity, promoting independence and improving wellbeing. For more information, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk

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