West Hall seniors dig Charlie’s visit

Celebrity green-fingered guru Charlie Dimmock led an excited gardening club at a West Byfleet care home on Thursday.

Fragrant herbs were planted in a new sensory garden in the grounds of West Hall.

ANGEL CHARLIE – Charlie Dimmock organises the gardening club

ANGEL CHARLIE – Charlie Dimmock organises the gardening club

The star of BBC TV’s Ground Force showed residents the benefits of gardening: a hobby that not only helps people stay active in older age but is also regularly shown to help maintain good mental health.

A West Hall spokesman said: “With most gardening club members living with dementia, gardening is an excellent way in which to stimulate the senses and enjoy time in the great outdoors.

“The club, with guidance from Charlie, planted fragrant herbs in an outdoor flowerbed in part of the home’s extensive grounds.

“West Hall is a state-of-the-art dementia specialist care home, which implements an innovative care model by empowering its residents to control the choices that impact their everyday lives. We cater for people who want to live independently as well as offering unparalleled care.”

After joining Ground Force in 1997, Charlie, 48, has gone on to present programmes such as The Joy of Gardening and Charlie’s Garden Army, as well as appearing as the horticultural expert on ITV’s Daybreak.

She has also published a number of gardening books.

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