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Outdoor fun at Byers Farm and Huntly Falconry Centre for care home residents


By Chris Saunderson

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Residents from three Moray care homes have been enjoying outdoor fun.

Jane Ann Smith with a giant sunflower.
Jane Ann Smith with a giant sunflower.

Parklands and Burnbank care homes in Buckie had a day out at Byers Farm in Fochabers where they picked sunflowers, savoured the home bakes in the farm shop and had bales of fun posing for pictures on giant haystacks.

Bales of fun for these residents at the farm.
Bales of fun for these residents at the farm.

Lisa Toogood, activities coordinator for Parklands and Burnbank care homes said: “The weather has been brilliant these past few weeks and, with Covid restrictions easing, it was a perfect opportunity to get out and about and enjoy what Moray has to offer. The residents had a great time.”

Lisa Toogood and Margaret Fettes with some of the lovely sunflowers.
Lisa Toogood and Margaret Fettes with some of the lovely sunflowers.

Meanwhile, residents from Glenisla care home in Keith dropped into Huntly Falconry Centre where they came face to face with owls, hawks, eagles and falcons, with residents Ian Ross and Cathy Jack among those brave enough to handle the birds of prey.

Cathy Jack gets up close with an owl.
Cathy Jack gets up close with an owl.

Emily Clair, activities coordinator at Glenisla, said: “It was a real treat to see these majestic birds of prey at such close range. They were really mild mannered but it took some nerve for our residents to handle them, and kudos to Ian and Cathy for stepping up.

Ian Ross with a bird of prey.
Ian Ross with a bird of prey.

"It was a great day out and a reminder that we are very lucky to have such a wide range of exciting outdoor activities in Moray.”


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