Grow­ing suc­cess of gar­dens

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE IN PICTURES -

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

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