The Wellington-based dementia awareness charity Reminiscence Learning has won a Silver Medal at Taunton Flower Show for its ‘Archie’s Garden’.
Archie the Scarecrow is the visible symbol of the charity’s aim to reduce the fear and stigma often associated with dementia. ‘Archie’s Garden’ is part of the ‘Archie Project’ which works with primary schools, care homes, sheltered housing schemes, businesses, services and community members to bring about greater understanding of dementia. The garden is designed by Ruth Conley to show how they can be used to trigger memories for people with dementia – and similar gardens have been created in care homes to provide spaces for children and older people to work together.
Emma Green, Manager of Reminiscence Learning, said: “These gardens provides a valuable outside environment for children and residents to engage in meaningful activities – sowing seeds, planting out, weeding, harvesting, tasting produce or just simply chatting and enjoying each other’s company in a relaxed outside space.
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to create an Archie-themed dementia-friendly garden and lucky to have Ruth on board to design it and guide us through the creation.
“We know from our work with the Archie Project that gardening is a fabulous intergenerational activity that can be adapted to suit all levels of ability with opportunities for passive and active engagement and are thrilled to be able to replicate this environment at the Flower Show.”
Archie himself can be found in his garden throughout the Flower Show in Vivary Park, Taunton, tomorrow – Saturday 5th August.
Reminiscence Learning’s ‘Memory Café’ at The Counting House, Tonedale, will be open on 17th and 31st August, 14th and 28th September and 12th and 26th October from 2pm to 4pm. This is an informal afternoon where visitors can walk around the Reminiscence Centre and garden to trigger memories and stories. The full programme of the charity’s many community projects and activities can be found on www.reminiscencelearning.co.uk.