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Dean's Garden Centres

Dean's Garden Centre is a family run business serving local gardeners for more than 40 years. Our York store in Stockton on Forest was opened in 1968 by Mr and Mrs Dean. The centre has gone from strength to strength growing to cover more than four acres. "The Bothy" coffee shop opened in 1991 and has been popular with customers ever since. In 1986 Deans decided to expand further and bought a former cut flower nursery in Scarborough. This is now home to another successful garden centre with its own coffee shop "The Gardener's Choice". We produce our own Herbaceous perennials, vegetable plants, spring and summer bedding plants from nursery site. In the run up to Christmas we produce an excellent crop of cyclamen. Many of our staff are all fully trained and happy to share their gardening expertise. Both coffee shops serve hot and cold meals and snacks all year round so you can make a trip to see us as a day out for the whole family. Dean’s is very much a family firm. When Mr and Mrs Dean retired in 1993 their 3 children took over the day to day running of the business. We are proud of being a local family firm with strong roots in the community.

23 March 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Retail, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Scarborough Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1) The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We hope that people with dementia who visit Dean’s Garden Centre will have a positive experience.

Gardening is enjoyed by many people and is known to have therapeutic benefits aiding good mental and physical health.  It is a form of exercise which may help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory and appetite, aid sleep, create calmness, improve coordination, plus help many other health issues.  A garden should be a source of pleasure and a place for relaxation.

Gardening also offers multi sensory stimulation; seeing the colours, smelling the flowers and herbs, touching the soil, hearing the wildlife, tasting the fruit & vegetables and creativity is being used whilst planning a garden, planting flowers, arranging coloured beds, etc. Patience is needed to wait for things to grow followed by a sense of achievement and satisfaction whilst sometimes offering a challenge

We can offer advice to people with dementia and their carers/families and try to promote the benefits of a garden by offering a wide range of garden supplies in a well lit, spacious area with good, clear signage

We have facilities that may assist some people, for example, wheelchair use, disabled parking/toilets and the site is level with ramps where necessary

We have a café that is already used as a meeting place for social gatherings

The Alzheimer’s Society was our charity of the year in 2012 and we raised £19,787.53 towards their fundraising.  Other charities we have supported are MIND and The Stroke Association.

2) What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

  • Staff training (at both Centres) – there are time constraints and the cost involved to the business
  • Safety issues within a garden space – what is safe?
  • Staff having a lack of awareness/understanding of tasks that can be undertaken by people with dementia
  • Promoting health benefits
  • Suitable signage, lighting and other facilities
  • Expense – customers with limited resources to adapt a suitable garden

2. Actions

  • Cascade information from DAA via our newsletter/website

  • Training for staff

  • Leaflets available to customers in the garden centre

  • Advertise to customers that we are part of the DAA

  • Person with dementia & their carer to come into both Centres and give feedback about their visit