RESIDENTS at a Dorset care home have created a special memorial garden in honour of the late Prince Philip.

Staff and residents at Verwood House Care Home wanted to remember the Duke’s good work and loyalty to the nation by planting an area dedicated to his memory.

The garden, at the Ringwood Road home, features a range of flowers from germarium, forget- me-nots to begonia as well as a pretty display of hand painted pebbles.

Emilia Turner, Verwood’s wellbeing and lifestyle coach, who helped co-ordinate the project, said: “We were all very sorry to hear about the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“He had done so much good work for the nation, so our residents felt they wanted to honour him and all his work over the years.

“We have some residents who have green fingers so we were grateful for their expertise. The garden brings such joy, offering a peaceful place to come and sit quietly or get planting, whatever residents choose to do.”

The memorial garden is located near a small water fountain stream where there are also plans to build a sensory garden space in the future.

Verwood resident Mavis Owen said: “Britain has lost a wise elder, he will be remembered for his love for our country.”

Verwood House manager Janie Wilkins said: “We have a very pretty garden here at Verwood House and the new memorial space offers a quiet retreat. It has been a team effort to create, so thank you to all our residents and staff.”