Growing success of gardens
ABOUT 500 visitors flocked to an inaugural Open Gardens event.
Garden lovers visited The Hospice of St Francis, one of only three in the county to open its gardens under the National Gardens Scheme.
Help the Hospices benefited from the £4 entrance fee.
The hospice’s share will help it secure £4.7million it needs every year to provide care and support for more than 1,000 patients and families.
Dr Ros Taylor said: “The hospice garden has always been a magical part of our care, an oasis of calm and beauty for those facing the crisis of serious illness.
“I’m delighted that the community, who support us so well, could see what has been created in just seven years and I’d like to thank everyone who came. Five hundred visitors was way beyond our expectations!”
The seven-acre gardens was planned, planted and nurtured by a 35-strong team of volunteer gardeners to provide a tranquil and therapeutic environment for Hospice patients, families and friends.
Voluntary services co-ordinator Gillian Van Der Merwe said: “We had many glowing compliments and some fantastic feedback and we hope this will be the first of many future events in our beautiful gardens.”
Jo Healey, Chris Sheppard and Calef at The Hospice of St Francis first open garden event and, above, the glory of the gardens