Mayor of Kettering plants oak tree as symbol of care Tuesday 4th December

The Mayor of Kettering, Councillor James Burton joined the team at Westhill Park Care Home in Westhill, Kettering, to plant an oak tree in the grounds of the new care home opening early next year.

By way of tradition, the planting of a new tree on a new development site is historically an act to appease the spirits displaced during the construction of a dwelling or structure.  Originally a tree or leafy branch is placed on the very top of the building. Nowadays this is replaced by planting a tree in the grounds of the new dwelling.

Oakdale Care Group will be opening Westhill Park Care Home in January 2019 to look after elderly people with care needs including those living with dementia.

Marketing Director, Sian Ellis and Service & Relationship Manager Allison Purkiss welcomed Councillor Burton to the home which is on schedule to welcome its first residents at the end of January.  ‘Our luxury home has been specially designed with the comfort, wellbeing, safety and security of our residents in mind, and we are proud of our above average staff-to-resident ratio and dynamic range of recreational activities all designed around our residents.’

Sian added ‘we are delighted that Councillor Burton helped us commemorate this special occasion which we hope has helped to lay the foundations for strong and meaningful relationships in the Westhill and Kettering Community.

Councillor Burton then joined the team for a tour around the home and is looking forward to officially opening the home at a special Professional Open Day in January followed by a Public Open Day on Sunday 27th January.

For more information contact Westhill Park on 07835 772046 or visit

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