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The Garden Project at The Grove is coming along in leaps and bounds

Abbeyfield garden project

Now that the hard landscaping is finished we are beginning to plant the raised beds with the help of our residents. The paving replaces an unused section of lawn which residents had difficulty walking on and is visible from both our conservatory and sunrooms so can be enjoyed even when the weather isn’t so good.

We have planted up the Alpine, Heather and Seaside Beds with help, or supervision, from several residents. I hope you agree they are looking great.  We are visiting our local garden centre next week so residents can choose plants that they have a particular fondness for, then on their return they can plant them in the fourth bed. We are filling lots of pots with lilies, lavender and other colourful and fragrant plants. These can be moved around to give variety to the space.

The potatoes and herb trug have been planted and next week we will sow our salad and bean seeds to be raised in our small greenhouses at first until the frosts have gone.

It is a big project but everyone is very enthusiastic and having a great time.

Once all the beds and pots are planted we plan a grand opening. Watch this space for details.

Welcome to Castle Farm, Gosforth


Our purpose built residential care home is located near to the beautiful Jesmond Dene and is within easy reach of both Gosforth and Jesmond. Built in 1993 on behalf of Abbeyfield, we offer a fully accessible home from home for our 24 residents. All our rooms are equal in size, all en-suite and all have a view of our beautiful gardens, yet each one feels different, personalised with your own personal belongings and soft furnishing to ensure it feels like home.

Our long standing team of experienced carers, chefs and gardener are on hand to meet your every need; offering 24 hour care, a range of organised activities, delicious home cooked meals, help and support to maintain relationships outside of the home or simply someone to talk to as often or as little as you like.

We recognise that everybody’s needs and interests differ, so have tailored our home to respect and respond to your privacy and individual requirements. We hold monthly resident meetings and encourage those residents who are interested, to contribute their ideas to the day to day running of the home, in terms of activities on offer, menus and food choices and organised excursions out of the home.

Our doors are always open to chat to residents, to visiting families and friends and to anyone starting to think about long term or respite care.

I look forward to speaking to you soon.


Chris Major
Residential Care Home Manager

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Welcome to the Grove, Gosforth


The Grove is a splendid mixture of old and new. Originally a private residence, it retains the charm and warmth of a family home yet has been extended and refurbished to meet the needs of our elderly residents. Our 32 spacious bed sitting rooms are fully fitted, all with en-suite facilities, designed to offer comfort and security to provide a real home from home and are all fully wheelchair accessible.

All of our rooms feel different as you are welcome to bring your favourite personal belongings and soft furnishings to ensure it feels like home. Our communal lounges, dining rooms and conservatory are comfortable and homely and many of our residents love to spend time here, chatting amongst themselves, watching TV, catching up on news or some often prefer to sit quietly looking out on to our beautiful, well-kept gardens. Meal times form an important part of the day here at The Grove, which is why our chefs are committed to creating menus that are both delicious and nutritious to ensure you enjoy the food you are eating and are benefitting from a varied and balance diet.
Meal times are a time when we all come together and are generally a lovely, sociable time of day. Whilst The Grove has a warm and homely atmosphere, the rooms and communal areas are spacious enough so that you have company when you want it or peace and quiet when you don’t. We offer a wide range of popular activities which you can choose to participate in if you wish; by far our most popular activity is the weekly chairobics session which is organised by a fitness expert specialising in elderly exercise but often our residents host their own sessions with our support such as our popular music appreciation group. For us, the key thing is to recognise that everybody’s needs and interests differ, which is why we have tailored our home to respect and respond to your privacy and individual requirements to ensure that The Grove is very much your home.
I look forward to speaking to you soon.

kath-brown-grove-managerKath Brown
Residential Care Home Manager

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