We are gearing up to make use of our recently transformed gardens as we head towards the Spring and Summer months.
The gardens, which were completed in Autumn last year have created a space to be used by hospice staff and patients throughout the year. We’re delighted by the build and how it enhances hospice stays and fundraising events for everyone. A garden party was thrown to officially mark their opening and featured X Factor's Reece Bibby. Click here to go to the photo gallery from the event.
Landscape architects created an events lawn that will be used for garden parties and gatherings during the summer, as well as a natural stone amphitheatre that offers seating and shade for patients and family members. The original plans included concrete seating, but in the end we agreed that stone would present a more natural and tactile seating area – it’s certainly been a popular choice.
While the hospice did need a formal area, we also wanted the space to feel natural, which is why the addition of wildflower meadows, habitat walls, and the children’s wildlife trail has been just as integral to improving our facilities and offering a safe and accessible way to connect with nature.
Volunteers, staff, patients, and even people from the local area have been attracted to attend recent events in our gardens and comment on how peaceful they area – particularly the fountains in the reflection garden that allow for a moment’s solitude away from the rest of the hospice. The sensitive approach to plants and flowers brought in insects and birds, who can be heard singing all through the year. We look forward to holding even more events outside so that the area can be enjoyed by many.
In the meantime, patients, volunteers and staff is welcome to enjoy the space alone or with their loved ones.
To see the hospice gardens in use at our autumn garden party featuring X Factor's Reece Bibby click here.