We were thrilled to officially open our latest garden, at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on 21st September – our 49th garden space to be built.
The new ‘Meadow Garden’ at Forget Me Not has created a beautiful space that is accessible to all who spend time there, drawing on inspiration from the beautiful Yorkshire countryside that surrounds the hospice.
The meadow garden features many stimulating, specially designed features including accessible grassy viewing mounds safe for wheelchair use; a river bed style flowing water feature for safe play with fishing nets; a walled stone circle area drawing on the typical stone walling to be seen around the region and a bird hide specially designed for wheelchair access with viewing points to observe wildlife. The whole garden includes annual and perennial wildflower planting, flanked by new native hedging.
We were lucky enough to be joined at the official opening by many of the people who had been closely involved in the project including Jamieson Page from Town and Country and representatives from HSBC. The garden was officially opened by Deborah Skillicorn, former Director of Greenfingers Charity, Ruth Oates and Matthew Palmer from HSBC and Clair Holdsworth from Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
Emma Hanford, Greenfingers Garden Projects Manager, commented: “We are delighted to be at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice to officially open the beautiful meadow garden and we can’t wait to see the children and families who spend time here really enjoying the space.
“As with all of our Greenfingers gardens we have relied on the generosity of individuals and companies within the industry to donate and discount products, and to provide their time, insight and enthusiasm. They have all helped to create a garden where children, families and carers can engage with their natural environment now and in the future as the meadows and plantings develop year on year.”
Peter Branson, Chief Executive at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice added: “The garden created with Greenfingers is a wonderful example of what can happen when local organisations and volunteers are brought together to make something really special. We are immensely grateful for the dedication and generosity of all those involved which has led to the creation of a magical space for children and families to enjoy for years to come.”
The meadow garden has received wide support from many parties who have given time, resources and funds to the project. Greenfingers would like to thank everyone at the hospice that has been involved in supporting the project, along with an extensive list of companies and individuals without whose support the garden could not have been created:
Utley Excavations and Landscape Creations for ground works and building the garden; Barry Kellington of Honley Garden Design for his fantastic design; HSBC for their generous donation at the start of the project and for sending volunteers to help out with planting and seeding of the meadows; Town & Country for their generous donation towards the completion of the garden; Kew Gardens for donating seeds and valuable advice via their Grow Wild programme; Armitage’s Garden Centre; Beverley Brooks; CID Group; Crowder; David Wilce; Deco-Pak; Green-tech; Handspring Design; JBD Transport; JM Haulage; Kelkay; Knowl Park Nurseries; Lightwater Quarries; Lizzie Balmforth; M&M Timber; Myers Group; Naylor Myers; Oase Living-Water; Orchard Energy; Q Lawns; Rodgers Plant Hire; RV Roger; Thornton Fencing.
The creation of the Meadow Garden was made possible thanks to a number of generous donations from trusts and individuals including the Sir George Martin Trust. The garden was also part funded with money raised from Garden Re-Leaf Day 2014; the horticulture industry event which sees nurseries, garden centres and suppliers across the country raising money for Greenfingers every March.
The garden at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice has been built as part of our Greenfingers’ ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal.