Date: June 2014
43rd Greenfingers garden opens at children’s hospice in Sussex
The latest garden from the charity Greenfingers(1) – a magical ‘Woodland Walk’ – was officially opened last week at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Arundel, Sussex.
Renowned garden designer, and Sussex local, Ann-Marie Powell(2) designed the Woodland Walk at the hospice, with another local company, Garden House Design(3) building the project. It has seen a previously unusable piece of woodland transformed in to a fully accessible, magical woodland space for the children and families who use the hospice to enjoy.
The new woodland garden now includes many exciting and engaging elements all carefully designed with the children who use the hospice in mind. Children will enter the woodland through impressive ‘moon gates’ suggesting a doorway to another world where they can delight in lawned picnic areas with bespoke blackboard panels; a water zone with viewing platform over a natural pond; a stick walk with giant telegraph poles; a relaxing and restful tepee; a bug zone with nesting boxes and bug ‘hotels’ and touch flowing strips of sail cloth in the hanging garden.
The opening on Thursday 19th June saw Linda Perry, Head of Care at Chestnut Tree House welcome guests to the ceremony with Matthew Wilson, Greenfingers chairman, and designer Ann-Marie Powell officially opening the new space which was marked by the release of a cloud of butterflies. Guests were also invited to make their own mark on the garden by scattering woodland flower seeds as they explored and enjoyed the garden.
Matthew Wilson, chairman of Greenfingers, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be opening what is a truly magical space here at Chestnut Tree House. For the children who use the hospice this space will offer them a wonderful opportunity to be transported into an enchanting woodland; a place where they can lose themselves in an inspiring natural environment that was previously inaccessible to them.’
Matthew Wilson continued to thank you all those involved in the project: ‘We are indebted to everyone who has contributed so generously to this garden, particularly to Ann-Marie Powell for her design and commitment and to Garden House Design for their fantastic build and putting so much time and effort into creating this incredible space.
Thanks also to all the other suppliers and businesses who generously donated time, services and products – without them this garden would not have been possible. The woodland walk we can see before us today is a breathtaking transformation of the space and a credit to all involved. It is wonderful to think about all the children and families who will now be able to spend time here.’
The Woodland Walk at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice is the 43rd garden to be completed by Greenfingers and the first to be finished under the umbrella of the charity’s Rosy Cheeks Appeal(5).
Notes for Editors
For further information, to interview anyone involved in the project, or for further photographs please contact Jane Wilson on 07899 895489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenfingers Team Shot: Garden designer Ann-Marie Powell, Mark Winrow & Rode Winrow of Garden House Design and Emma Hanford from Greenfingers enjoy the garden at Chestnut Tree House.
Greenfingers garden open: The opening of the 43rd Greenfingers garden at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice is marked by a butterfly release. Matthew Wilson, Greenfingers Chairman and garden designer Ann-Marie Powell were joined by staff and children from the hospice.
(1) Greenfingers is a small national charity dedicated to supporting the children who spend time in hospices around the UK, along with their families, by creating inspiring gardens for them to relax in and enjoy. The charity is dedicated to creating beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for children to enjoy with family, friends and siblings, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation.
(2) Ann-Marie Powell is an award-winning garden designer, TV gardening presenter, journalist and author, who divides her time between designing amazing gardens for private clients, companies and charities, and enthusing people about gardening through her books, TV appearances and articles in national newspapers and magazines
(3) Garden House Design are an award winning West Sussex based company established over twenty years ago, specialising in garden design and landscape construction, in both the domestic and commercial markets. They create gardens of all shapes and sizes, from urban courtyards, through to rural spaces.
(4) The Greenfingers ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal was launched in Spring 2013 with the aim of raising £750,000 over two years to build at least ten gardens at children’s hospices around the UK. The ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal name represents a precious moment in time – the flush of warmth brought to the lives of hospice children and their families when they spend valuable time together out in the fresh air, away from the bedside.
(5) The following companies have contributed to the woodland walk at Chestnut Tree House: AEL Solutions; Arun Landscapes; Bank of New York Mellon; Chatsworth Forge; Chris Nangle Furniture; Deco-Pak; Eurogreen Machinery; Groves Sculpture; Haskins Roundstone; Hummingbird; Kilgraney Railway Sleepers; Millboard Decking; Neudorff; Palmstead Nurseries; Paradise Park; Quercus Plant Procurement; Rabbit Group; Richard Lee; Rolawn; Solus; Steve White County Landscapes; Town & Country; Travis Perkins; Wildflower Turf; Winner Plant Hire.