A nursing home garden has been transformed into a beach oasis where residents can enjoy the sun and remember trips to the sea.

Residents at the South Lodge Nursing Home on Ayr’s Racecourse Road can now enjoy a day trip to the beach thanks to the National Lottery-funded renovation.

The fun and interactive garden now features an ice cream parlor, brightly painted benches, brightly colored umbrellas and beach huts for rainy days.

Sand-filled flower beds and funny photo boards with beach motifs are also located in the outdoor area.

Service Manager Helen Brown said: “We are delighted to open this new garden space to our residents.

“We hope the garden theme will help our residents remember good times by the sea and provide them and their families with a great new space to enjoy.”

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The garden is fully equipped with beach huts for rainy days

The garden is fully equipped with beach huts for rainy days

The garden also features an arbor kindly donated by the nearby Wallacetown Nursery. Kindergarten employees attended the opening of the garden to make their donation.

Councilor Julie Dettbarn cuts the ribbon at the opening event

Councilor Julie Dettbarn cuts the ribbon at the opening event

Helen added, “I would like to thank the Wallacetown Nursery, the National Lottery, and everyone involved in the development of our new garden. We are very excited about how the idea has come to fruition. “

Councilor Julie Dettbarn and Adult Services Manager Billy McClean at the opening of South Lodge's new garden

Councilor Julie Dettbarn and Adult Services Manager Billy McClean at the opening of South Lodge’s new garden

Julie Dettbarn, Chair of the Integrated Joint Panel that severed the ribbon at the official opening, said, “I was grateful to be part of this event. After a difficult year, it is wonderful to see the joy this work will bring to the residents and their families.

“The staff did a wonderful job and the work really shows the community spirit that reigns here at South Lodge.”

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