STAFF and residents at a Greenock care home are digging in for more success after winning a national gardening title.

Kincaid House, part of the Meallmore group, won the Meallmore in Bloom competition this year with their nautical themed design.

Inspired by their proximity to the Clyde the outdoor space was transformed to include three boats filled with flowers, fishing accessories, a beach hut windbreaker and a hanging display of buckets and spades.

Kincaid received a prize of £1,000 to put towards gardening and activities, as well a winner's plaque.

Having enjoyed their award-winning garden over the summer the staff, residents and partners are now planning to retain their title.

Barbara Lawson, home manager, said: “This is the first year we have won and we were all ecstatic.

“Being so close to the water and having such a great view from the garden, going with a nautical theme was a unanimous decision.

“We worked with our partners to create the garden and Ardgowan Fisheries and Serco donated the boats, one of which we named after one of the residents, Ruby."

Young people from the community links group at West College Scotland helped put the award-winning garden together.

Marlynn Marshall, community links group leader, said: “The group have worked closely with the care home for a few years now and really enjoy it.

"They have made bird boxes for the garden, performed plays for residents, baked cakes for residents' birthdays and helped with litter-picking.

“Helping with the garden was really educational, the pupils spoke to residents about the shipyards and heard their stories and got really stuck in.

“They were over the moon when the garden won and are hoping to help retain the title next year.”

Home boss Barbara said the win was celebrated with a big bash.

She said: “We had a big buffet and a party when presented with our trophy.

"We managed to beat 22 other care homes to the title.

"We are considering some sensory aspects in next year’s theme.

“We are determined to try and retain our title.”