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Garden centre donates 1,000 tulip bulbs to veterans’ care home

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The stunning garden at The Royal Star & Garter Homes in Surbiton will be bursting with even more colour after the Home was given 1,000 tulip bulbs.


The donation came from Squire’s Garden Centre, Long Ditton, on Monday 15 October and will be planted by the members of the Charity’s gardening club, which consists of volunteers and residents, in the next few weeks.

The garden at the home is Surbiton is popular with residents

It is the latest generous gift from the garden centre to the Home, which cares for military veterans and their partners living with dementia or disability. In August Squire’s Long Ditton announced it had chosen The Royal Star & Garter Homes as its official charity of the year. When the Surbiton Home celebrated its fifth anniversary that same month, the garden centre gifted two barrels filled with glorious flowers.


Members of the Plant Team from Squire’s Long Ditton handed over four bags of tulips to two Surbiton Home residents. Sandy Cooley-Brown, from the garden centre, said: “The Royal Star & Garter Homes is our chosen charity for the year so we wanted to give these bulbs. We’re looking forward to coming back in the spring to see the beautiful colours on display.”

The Royal Star & Garter Homes staff and the Squire’s Long Ditton Plants Team in the Surbiton Homes’ gardens. They are (l-r) Gas Rizzardi, Community fundraiser Charlie Munro, Clare Man, Home Manager Chrissie Heyes and Sandy Cooley-Brown

Surbiton Home Manager, Chrissie Heyes, said: “Our residents love spending time in our beautiful garden. Thanks to this generous donation from Squire’s Long Ditton, they will have even more to look at and enjoy in the spring.”


Squire’s Long Ditton can be found at Woodstock Lane North, Long Ditton, Surrey KT5 6HN.

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