Blooming spoilsports

11:24 03 September 2012

Bronte Court, Exmouth

Bronte Court, Exmouth

Archant

A group of Exmouth pensioners living at a residential complex are fighting for their rights to lift a ban on gardening made by the home’s management company.

Pensioners from Exmouth - embroiled in a war of the roses after being banned from gardening at a residential home - are fighting for their rights amid claims they are ‘too old’.

A group of Bronte Court residents in previous years have scooped several Exmouth in Bloom awards for their green-fingered community spirit, tending communal gardens.

This year, the trophy cabinet stands empty because the gardeners were told by Bronte Court’s management company, Peverel Retirement, ‘resident participation in gardening needs to cease’, claiming it had received ‘numerous complaints’.

The management company denied its house manager banned residents because they were ‘too old’ to tend the communal gardens.

It said he told residents ‘we are all getting older now and need to be careful in the areas we are working in the garden’.

A letter from developer McCarthy and Stone originally told those moving into the complex ‘residents may be invited to ‘lend a hand’ should gardening be one of their interests’.

Concerned families of residents have contacted the Journal, claiming a U-turn decision has affected their loved-ones’ well-being and physical health.

A son-in-law of a Bronte Court resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It leads me to believe they don’t really care about the residents.

“I feel my only course of action is to make the local public aware of how the elderly residents are being treated.

“The residents just wanted a quiet, peaceful life in their retirement. I am concerned as to why, after a number of years, the residents were suddenly being barred from actively contributing to their own gardens.

“They did not enter Exmouth in Bloom this year and their gardens are not a patch on 12 months ago. Needless to say, this is not of their own choosing.”

Another family member said their relative had ‘been in tears’ at the decision and was receiving counselling.

Antidepressants were prescribed to another resident on learning that gardening was outlawed. Their relative said: “It is supposed to be their home. They feel like they have no rights. They feel like everything they bought into is a lie and the community spirit has been killed.”

Peverel Retirement said it was ‘committed to consulting residents on decisions which affect their homes’, ‘appreciated’ the residents’ gardening efforts, said the ‘majority’ it spoke to had expressed a wish for a professional gardener, adding the matter was now in the hands of an external mediator.

McCarthy and Stone was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

0 comments

Other News Stories

12:30
Ollie holding his cards next to his mum Karen.

When single mum Karen Jones discovered her autistic son making himself birthday cards because he has no friends, she set upon a crusade – appealing to strangers to make his special day one to remember.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:43

A popular Exeter burger bar is coming to Exmouth to take over the kitchen at The Grapevine.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:38
High achievers in GCSEs at Exmouth Community College.

There were euphoric scenes as Exmouth Community College pupils celebrated their GCSE results this morning.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Richard Luxton, whose wife Margaret was killed in a coach crash at Morval, Cornwall, in 2014.

The husband of an Exmouth woman killed on a coach trip has said he and his family will never get over her death.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Pecorama cheque presentation to Parkinsons UK.

Pecorama near Beer has raised £1,500 for charity, split equally between Parkinson’s UK and the MS Society.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:21
RNLI deploing the R and J Welburn.

Exmouth RNLI has warned sailors to keep an eye on their property after an untendered dingy put the emergency services on alert.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:15

Detectives at Exmouth are keen to trace an iPad and expensive men’s watch stolen when a home in Cranford Avenue was burgled sometime between 7.50pm and 11.05pm on Thursday, August 11.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:32

Fire crews were called out yesterday evening (Wednesday) to rescue people stuck in a lift in Exmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Stegosaurus model on display in the Strand.

Exmouth Town Council has condemned the acts of vandalism against the model dinosaurs installed around the town.

Read more
Wed, 14:22
Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat

Exmouth RNLI has deployed both lifeboats to assist the Coastguard in looking for a possible missing person in the River Exe.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications