The grounds surrounding Birtley House provide a serene setting for the Nursing Home and Mews. The eight acres of formal gardens incorporate easy-access paths to allow our less mobile Residents to enjoy much of the gardens and there is an on-going programme of installing additional pathways to facilitate further access. Throughout the gardens there are many seats which provide a place to rest or to simply sit and enjoy the view. The ‘rooms’ within the garden include a Rose Garden, the Secret Garden, an Orchard, a pond with Koi Carp, and the Kitchen Garden.
A Nursing Home with a difference
The grounds, extending to a further 40 acres, include a lake stocked with Brown trout for fly-fishing, a cider-apple orchard with around 700 trees and a woodland which is actively managed and utilised by various local businesses to practice traditional woodworking crafts, stone carving, arts, yoga, bushcraft and more. Most of these artisans bring their craft into the home for our residents from time to time, offering further unique experiences.
The Kitchen Garden and Orchard provide a wide variety of salad crops, fruit, vegetables, cut-flowers and pot-plants for the home. Much of the seasonable produce is incorporated into the Residents’ menus while surplus is made into a range of Birtley House preserves and chutneys. Surrey Beekeepers manage a set of hives which produce Birtley House Honey.
Events at Birtley House
In addition to small indoor and outdoor events, which are usually incorporated into the monthly Activities programme, we hold a few larger events in the grounds providing a continuous source of interest for our Residents and opportunities to enjoy these with their families and friends. These have included the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden Exhibition in the garden throughout the whole of May, followed by the Surrey Hills Autumn Woodfair, and various other events including Rare Plant Fair’s, Picnic’s, Concerts and more, all which bring new people and further opportunity for our Residents into the grounds. Aside from giving our Residents community interaction and opportunity on their doorstep, it is another reason to be proud of their home.
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Maintaining and encouraging an interest in the outside world is a vital part of the person centred care home life experienced at Birtley House. As some Residents are no longer able to visit the outside community, we endeavour to bring the community to them instead, helping to ensure an interesting, varied and balanced lifestyle for all.
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