Hos­pice to open gates as part of Open Gar­den Scheme

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - THINGS TO DO -

HOS­PICE will open its gar­dens to the public for one day next week­end as part of the NGS Open Gar­dens Scheme this Sun­day .

More than 500 peo­ple took the op­por­tu­nity to visit the Hos­pice of St Fran­cis’ gar­dens last year when they opened for the first time as part of the scheme.

The seven acre gar­dens, which are all tended by a team of vol­un­teers, were cre­ated from scratch eight years ago and now pro­vide a tran­quil and ther­a­peu­tic en­vi­ron­ment for hos­pice pa­tients, their fam­i­lies, friends and visi­tors.

The gar­dens are di­vided into eight ar­eas around the con­cept of a tra­di­tional farm­house with out­build­ings. The gar­dens in­clude wild flower mead­ows, lawns, a rose gar­den, sen­sory gar­den ponds and per­go­las and a newly de­vel­oped veg­etable gar­den, tended by pa­tients and car­ers with pro­duce used by the hos­pice kitchen.

One of the high­lights is a peace­ful, ori­en­tal heal­ing gar­den with strong colours, scents and sounds and a wa­ter fea­ture, de­signed by Chelsea Flower show Gold Medal­list David Stevens.

Chil­dren will en­joy the wood­land trail which in­cludes el­e­ments of sur­prise and cul­mi­nates with a visit to the Sto­ry­tellers’ Chair, hid­den in a clear­ing in the woods and used to share sto­ries by chil­dren and adults fac­ing loss, as well as vis­it­ing school groups.

Head vol­un­teer gar­dener Jackie An­wyl said: “The team has been pre­par­ing the hos­pice gar­dens for months and we hope that those who visit us will be sur­prised and de­lighted by our grounds. We will have vol­un­teers avail­able to an­swer ques­tions on any of the plants and grow­ing meth­ods but equally peo­ple are ab­so­lutely free to ex­plore the gar­dens on their own be­fore re­lax­ing with tea and cakes.”

The hos­pice will be serv­ing re­fresh­ments dur­ing the af­ter­noon, with cakes do­nated by lo­cal bak­eries.

Eighty per cent of pro­ceeds will go to the Na­tional Gar­den Scheme’s char­i­ties with the re­main­der sup­port­ing the hos­pice.

Ad­mis­sion is £4 and en­try for chil­dren is free.

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