Gardener Roy’s sensory space

sp91869 Roy Clarke, Ivonbrook Care Home, Darley Dale Sensuary Garden.
sp91869 Roy Clarke, Ivonbrook Care Home, Darley Dale Sensuary Garden.

The garden of a Dales care home has been transformed thanks to green-fingered resident Roy Clarke.

Mr Clarke, 80, moved to Ivanbrook, in Darley Bridge 16 months ago and straight away decided to put his gardening skills to good use by creating a sensory garden and growing vegetables.

Mr Clarke, formerly of Derby, has been busy growing tomatoes, green peas and a range of colourful flowers including an eight foot tall sunflower.

Proud daughter-in-law Claire Bunting of Darley Dale said: “He has always had his own allotment and grown his own vegetables then through ill health he moved to Ivanbrook and asked if he could look after their garden.”

She added: “Everyone says how lovely it looks and the residents love it.”

The sensory garden helps provide a stimulating and safe environment for all residents including those with dementia.

Jason Treasure, a manger at Ivanbrook, said they had also bought a shed for Mr Clarke and he had a room with a access straight in to the garden.

He added: “He has done an absolutely lovely job.

“People go out there and enjoy it with their families.

“He works hard and gets on with it quietly.”