Astbury Mere’s Royal Invitation!

Our Leisure & Wellness coordinators, Jenny Clarke and Laura Hancock, were invited to attend an engagement with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Congleton Town Hall at the end of January.

Thanks to their double triumph at last year’s Congleton in Bloom, Jenny and Laura were invited to meet the royal couple and had the opportunity to speak to them about their horticultural success in 2017, when Astbury Mere won the competition’s ‘Best Residential Accommodation’ category and also, the ‘Community Housing’ award. They also spoke about the numerous health benefits associated with gardening and how it has helped those residents who enjoy spending their time cultivating the home’s garden as well as aiding both resident engagement and local community involvement. Jenny and Laura both said it was ‘a wonderful experience’ being able to talk to Camilla about how well they had fared at Congleton in Bloom and how the garden here at Astbury Mere continues to play such a vital part in our residents’ creativity and wellbeing.