11 February 2019

Our New Monthly Garden Blog - Courtesy of Matt Miller

Our New Monthly Garden Blog - Courtesy of Matt Miller

When I tell people I’m a gardener and I work at a Care Home in Surrey I can only imagine what they think. I’m pretty sure they don’t envisage the scale of the beautiful grounds I have here at Birtley House Nursing Home.

As a professional gardener I can’t think of a better place to work. Every whim a gardener may have is catered for. I have a kitchen gardener to grow produce for the house with any excess being sold to visitors and the local greengrocer. Formal gardens in the shape of a standalone rose garden with ‘royal roses’ the theme, the secret garden with it’s standard wisterias and shady summer house to sit. And the long grass walk edged in stone and bordered by informal herbaceous planting offering seasonal interests.

Several mixed borders provide the informality, dotted around the garden they either soften the walls of the main house or encourage residents and visitors to venture further into the gardens to discover their content.

Formal lawns and the endless work they need to keep them neat and tidy are tempered by the informal areas left to grow wild. In the orchard, the closely cut grass paths through swathes of meadow grass’s swaying in the warm breeze on a summer’s day is always a highlight.

We have a pond, fed from a pool at the top of a rock garden, where Koi can be seen wallowing in the shallows on warm days. Ducks, Moorhens and occasional Canada Geese all enjoy the calm waters and shelter under the weeping willow.

From the Beech lined driveway leading up to Birtley House and all through the formal gardens majestic trees punctuate the landscape with their splendour.

During the winter months I venture through the sweeping grasslands that lead down to the trout lake and into the 40 acre woodland to do some crown lifting or pruning of Rhododendrons. The bonfires from the brash are always welcome on a cold day. Alternatively, I can go a little further into the 700 tree cider apple orchard and manage the trees to ensure a plentiful crop that we harvest to be turned into Brandy.

No days the same, the variety of work here is incredible and with the potential to improve existing areas and further develop new areas I can’t ever say my days work is done. For me Birtley House is a wonderful place to enjoy the career I’ve chosen, and I hope over the years more and more people can enjoy all it has to offer.

13 February 2019
Throwback to 'Burns Night' at Birtley House
Throwback to 'Burns Night' at Birtley House

Throwback to 'Burns Night' at Birtley House

11 February 2019
Our New Monthly Garden Blog - Courtesy of Matt Miller
Our New Monthly Garden Blog - Courtesy of Matt Miller
31 January 2019
When the 'Little Harriers' landed at Birtley
When the 'Little Harriers' landed at Birtley

Another day for intergenerational learning to take place

24 January 2019
Watch Commander Steve Love and his FIRE team visit Birtley Residents
Watch Commander Steve Love and his FIRE team visit our Birtley Residents

Safety talks

18 January 2019
Coffee with Colleagues and Friends
Coffee with Colleagues and Friends

A group coffee morning for all to enjoy

11 January 2019
Recovery from a Palliative care case
Recovery from a Palliative care case

Well rested and returning home...

20 December 2018
Blackheath & Bramley Choral Society join us for another Christmas!
Blackheath & Bramley Choral Society join us for another Christmas!

A family affair at our annual Carol concert

18 December 2018
Another Charitable Christmas at Birtley House
Birtleys Christmas Foodbank Appeal

Helping those in need to put food on the table at Christmas time

13 December 2018
Three apartments... one rare opportunity!
Three apartments... one rare opportunity!

A rare opportunity has arisen to explore three different apartments within our house, leaving you spoiled for choice

04 December 2018
Team Building at Birtley House
Team Building at Birtley House

An afternoon spent getting to know each other

 
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