Greenfingers are delighted to announce that work is almost finished on our 44th garden at Little Havens children’s hospice in Thundersley, Essex.
Over the summer we have been creating a fully accessible and interactive ‘Grow Your Own’ garden where the children and families who spend time at Little Havens can enjoy growing and harvesting their own food, as well as using the new space for therapies, play and relaxation.
The Grow Your Own garden will transform a currently vacant patch of land into a lush and abundant fruit and vegetable garden where all children can be involved in planting, cultivating and harvesting crops. The garden has been designed and built by Matthew Eden of Chelmsford based Eden Horticulture, working very closely with Greenfingers’ Garden Project Manager Emma Hanford.
The garden will feature many stimulating and interactive elements for the children and families to enjoy with the fruit and veg being grown in specially designed raised beds that are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Children will enter the garden via a beautiful pergola generously donated by Harrod Horticultural and can travel along cedagravel pathways, alighting on an impressive stone circle, kindly donated by CED, edged with a herb border, which will serve as a meeting and entertaining area. At the centre of the stone circle will be a fun watering can water feature, which the children can actually use to help water the garden.
Another central feature of the new Grow Your Own garden will be the impressive circus style Big Top where outdoor activities can take place, children and families can relax and therapists can run vital sessions in the beautiful surroundings of 110 acres of Essex Wildlife Trust land.
Greenfingers have already received amazing support from suppliers across the industry to help with the project at Little Havens and are extremely grateful to everyone who has got involved in the project.
Emma Hanford, Greenfingers’ Garden Project Manager, spoke about the garden ‘We are thrilled to be working on our 44th garden – and such an exciting, stimulating one at that! Once again, the support we’ve received from the industry has been wonderful, we are grateful to everyone who has been involved so far.
This Grow Your Own garden at Little Havens is going to be such a inspiring space for the children to enjoy – magical, fun and educational – we can’t wait for the children here to get out here!’
The garden will be officially opened in autumn 2014 when children and families can start planting and harvesting crops themselves.
The Grow Your Own garden at Little Havens will be the second to be build under the umbrella of the charity’s Rosy Cheeks’ appeal, which aims to raise the funds for at least ten more gardens at children’s hospices around the UK over the next two years.