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Gardening experts offer tips to retired people

Joe Swift and Sam Youd were at Okells Garden Centre in Duddon

Celebrity gardeners offered tips and advice for green-fingered retirees at a Cheshire garden centre.

The BBC’s Joe Swift and former head gardener of Tatton Park Sam Youd entertained guests at Okells Garden Centre in Duddon with a series of presentations.

The BBCs Joe Swift and Former Head Gardener of Tatton Park Sam Youd entertained guests at Okells Garden Centre

Their aim was to bring the audience a taste of daily life at Inspired Villages, a new 151-apartment retirement development in Tattenhall.

Joe and Sam shared a number of tips throughout the day, gleaned from their lifetimes spent in the garden.

The BBCs Joe Swift and Former Head Gardener of Tatton Park Sam Youd entertained guests at Okells Garden Centre

Their top tips for older gardeners included:

  1. Get the balance correct – don’t be a slave to the garden.
  2. Search out interesting plants that you can learn about and talk about
  3. Minimise maintenance by allowing grass to grow longer, introduce containers and choose plants which require reduced watering.
  4. Immerse yourself in the hobby – get stuck in and visit your local garden centre for advice
  5. Keep a good notebook and diary
  6. Above all – enjoy it!

The BBCs Joe Swift and Former Head Gardener of Tatton Park Sam Youd entertained guests at Okells Garden Centre

Sam and Joe’s gardening tips for the elderly can be seen in full on the short video.

Sales and marketing director for Inspired Villages James Cobb said: “Sam and Joe have offered some excellent gardening tips at Okells and in doing so, they’ve demonstrated the kind of exciting activities we will be offering frequently to our residents in Tattenhall.

“If there’s one thing we’re keen to convey, it’s that gardening doesn’t have to be a chore. Our new Cheshire village will allow residents to get involved with gardening as much or as little as they like. Throughout the year, it will be looked after by our team of expert gardeners who will plant and maintain the grounds.”

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