A CARE home in Darfield has thanked local residents for the response to an appeal asking for garden gnomes.

Last week, staff at Thornhill House, on Church Street, appealed for donations of any unused gnomes, garden furniture or plants for residents in a bid to get them gardening.

Since the appeal, 55 gnomes and 100 plant pots were donated to the care home which kept the residents busy in the warm weather.

Christian Whiteley-Mason, the manager at the home, said: “People have been so kind by donating these items and it’s a true testament to the community spirit of Darfield.

“Families have been dropping off items as well as local councillors who have also shown their support.

“I’ve been so happy to see our residents stimulated by doing up our garden.

“We want to thank people for their generosity during this time.”