Both staff and residents alike at the award-winning LifeCare Residences retirement communities (of Battersea Place in London, Somerleigh Court in Dorchester, Dorset, and Grove Place in Hampshire) are incredibly patriotic and community spirited and are therefore greatly looking forward to the upcoming bank holiday weekend celebrations where the Union Jack bunting will be flying. In fact, their patriotic spirit goes beyond the Jubilee festivities. At Grove Place, a beautiful retirement community operated by LifeCare Residences in the Hampshire countryside near Romsey, the team planted a tree for the Queen’s Canopy. The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree-planting initiative created to mark the Jubilee, where people from all over the United Kingdom were invited to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’. This has been done to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation – which will in turn benefit future generations. Grove Place made their contribution to the initiative with the planting of a noble Red Oak tree which has now joined an already established mix of beautiful trees across the 27-acre estate. Head Gardener, Robin Collins said, “We chose a Quercus Rubra (red oak) to complement the other trees we have on the estate. Some of those trees have been here longer than the Queen’s reign and we hope this tree will be enjoyed by the residents of Grove Place for many years to come.” Richard Powell, General Manager of Grove Place added, “Our residents are hugely patriotic, so this initiative is an excellent way to show a small token of our appreciation.”
At Battersea Place, the first luxury retirement community in London, a stone’s throw from Battersea Park, the team have introduced Jubilee-themed menus, including the iconic Coronation Chicken dish which was originally invented by writer Constance Spry while preparing food for the banquet of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. Joining the ranks of other royal-inspired dishes like coronation chicken and Victoria sponge, the team have also included Jemma Melvin’s celebratory Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle which was recently picked as the official pudding for the Platinum Jubilee after winning a nationwide competition to find a new dessert. The team at Battersea Place also recently a hosted a special open home event which celebrated the upcoming Jubilee with a Royal-themed garden party on-site. At Somerleigh Court, in the heart of historic Dorchester in Dorset, the team recently hosted a garden high tea to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday.