Over-60s invited to record life stories for garden

Chris Beardshaw
Chris Beardshaw

The UK’s leading retirement developer, McCarthy & Stone, is inviting over-60s in Forfar to help with the creation of a stunning show garden which is being built to celebrate the wisdom of the ages at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this summer.

Created by award winning garden designer, Chris Beardshaw, the garden will be aimed at challenging the pre-conceptions of later life, whilst honouring the experiences and knowledge of the UK’s growing aging population.

The garden will allow visitors to journey through it and to hear specially recorded audio stories from people in their later life that will be captured online through a social media campaign being run on McCarthy & Stone’s Facebook page.

“Whether the stories we obtain are happy, or sad, uplifting, liberating, or downright funny, they will all help to build up an accurate picture of the country’s wealth of extraordinary people, many of whom have fascinating tales that deserve to be told. Using social media allows us to collect stories easily,” explains Samantha Turner, Group Marketing Director from McCarthy & Stone.

“We want the garden to be a real celebration of age, featuring people from all walks of life. The stories can be recollections of something you’ve achieved in the past, or an account of the wonderful things you have encountered in your later years. Wherever you’re from, and whatever your story, we’d urge you to log on to Facebook now and share your memories for a chance to play a part in this exciting event!”

Retirees in Forfar can either record their stories directly through the dedicated easy to use application on the McCarthy & Stone Facebook page, or by emailing a written account of their tale.

All entrants will be automatically entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a pair of tickets to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from July 9 to 14.

The chosen participants will then have their stories played in the Chris Beardshaw-designed garden.

Chris added: “The audio within the design is a key element in my concept for the garden as I wanted people to be able to engage with the garden in a way that is rarely possible in a show garden. This is after all no ordinary garden, as the essential ingredients are being provided by those celebrating their later life. As part of the concept, we’ve broadly divided later life into three areas, the first being one of life’s experiences; the second is of technological advancements and the third is the fashions or trends you’ve perhaps rebuffed or even followed. We want to collect all of your stories and hear you enthusing in your own words, then we can use these tales as a catalyst for the direction of the garden.”

For further details about entering a story to be recorded for use in the garden, visit McCarthy & Stone’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/mccarthystone