The autumn months can fill gardeners with both joy and dread. On the one hand, It’s the perfect time to enjoy planting bulbs, bedding plants, and sowing vegetable seeds. On the other hand, it’s a time for cutting back, sweeping up leaves, clearing gutters and painting fences.

For homeowners at Adlington Retirement Living communities, it’s a time to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Worry-free gardening

Joan and Bill moved to The Chimes in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, in December 2019: “We don’t have any worries. I have an apartment with a lovely garden in front of it which the gardener comes and manages but I can put my little cyclamen blubs in. We go around dead-heading, but we haven’t got that major responsibility anymore. You can back off if you don’t feel like it today, you haven’t got to do it and that’s lovely. When our friends are still digging away and the weeds are still growing, we’ve got our Josh who comes and takes up all the weeds or blows the leaves away. That’s brilliant!

“We felt we were short of snowdrops this Spring, so we planted some. We can do things like that. I say to Josh ‘I’ve got these cuttings, they’re rooted, where can I put them?’ and he will pop them in for me or show me where there’s a space. It’s great fun and I haven’t got the overall responsibility of the garden, so it’s just a superb arrangement. The gardens are lovely here.”

Less maintenance, more ‘me time’

When Eddie and Mabel moved to The Bridges in Macclesfield, Cheshire, they looked forward to spending a bit less time and energy on house and garden maintenance. Eddie explains: “Once we decided, we realised the benefits of not maintaining a house because I’ve spent my life maintaining everything. We’ve always been DIY people and once we’d taken the dog for a walk, we’d set about doing a job.”

Mabel added: “The gardens are beautiful here. We had a lovely garden and I will miss it, but I also knew that when this year came, I probably couldn’t go on doing it. Now, I feel like a lady of leisure – being waited on and not having to do a lot. We’ve got so much more leisure time to do what we want to do.”

‘The Good Life’

At The Cottons in Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, a group of Homeowners are enjoying ‘The Good Life’ as members of a new gardening club.

Alexandra Johnson, Sales and Marketing Director for Adlington Retirement Living, said: “Some homeowners have planted flowers, and some are growing herbs, fruit and vegetables. The produce they’ve been sharing with each other includes strawberries, runner beans, lettuces, rhubarb, cabbage and chard. One homeowner even shared some seedlings from his swede with members of our on-site team so they can grow them at home.”

Margaret, who is a member of the gardening club, said: “I have always enjoyed gardening, but my previous garden became too much for me. Now I have a small plot on the raised beds which I can manage easily. This gives me an interest, some exercise and gets me outside meeting other like-minded people, and of course we enjoy the end product such as peas, beans, carrots, potatoes and beetroot.”

Enjoying the social side of the gardens

Nigel, moved to Jacobs Gate in Sheffield in December: “I brought a couple of corkscrew hazel plants with me, which really look very nice.”

His daughter, Maria, is impressed with the gardens: “The landscaping here is infinitely nicer than anything we’ve seen elsewhere. The variety of plants in the garden and the space outside looks very appealing. It’s a real sun trap too.

“Dad and the other homeowners have been able to go and sit outside for coffee. When he lived at his old house he would never sit in the garden, but he’s been sitting outside all the time here. You ring up and he’s not in. He’s chatting with the ladies in the garden!”

Come and see for yourself

If you would like to find out more about Adlington Retirement Living, a range of beautifully furnished show apartments are open to view Monday to Saturday at The Woodlands in Heaton Mersey (Greater Manchester), Jacobs Gate in Sheffield, The Chimes in Cheadle (Greater Manchester), The Sailings in Southport (Merseyside), The Folds in Romiley (Greater Manchester), and The Cottons in Ramsbottom (Greater Manchester), from 10am to 5pm. Call 01260 288900 to find out more or visit

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