Date: 7th October 2014
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Latest Greenfingers Garden Opens in Essex
Greenfingers(1), the small national charity dedicated to creating gardens in children’s hospices across the UK, opened its 44th garden last week at Little Havens(2) Hospice in Essex.
A fully accessible and interactive ‘Grow Your Own’ garden has been created at the hospice where seriously ill children and families cared for by Little Havens can enjoy growing and harvesting their own food.
This project has seen a previously vacant outside area of the gardens transformed into an abundant fruit and vegetable garden with many engaging features for all the children who spend time there to enjoy.
The garden has been designed and built by Chelmsford based Eden Horticultural Ltd, with Matthew Eden working alongside Greenfingers’ Garden Projects Manager Emma Hanford.
Children will enter the garden through an impressive pergola and can enjoy the many accessible features the garden has to offer – including specially designed raised beds; a ‘watering can’ water feature that the children can use to water the garden; a central stone circle meeting space; a ‘Big Top’ entertaining and activity area; lush and sensory herb borders and seating areas in sun and shade.
Matthew Wilson, Greenfingers Chairman, said of the new garden: “It is an absolute pleasure to be here today to celebrate the opening of Greenfingers 44th garden at Little Havens. It is such an inspiring space, and one that I have no doubt will bring a great deal of pleasure to those who spend time here. To have this area where children can enjoy growing and harvesting crops, as well as simply relaxing and having fun is a fantastic addition to the wonderful services already on offer at Little Havens. I know the children and families here will benefit from this garden in many ways, and for many years to come.”
Kat Clark from Little Havens, who manages the hospice’s Garden Club said: “The Greenfingers garden makes a wonderful addition to the outside space here at Little Havens. Our gardens are an extension of the hospice services we provide and this garden is another great space that families staying here can escape to and enjoy all year round.
“We would like to thank all of those at Greenfingers and Eden Horticultural as well as our Garden Club volunteers and all of the local businesses who donated resources and equipment. It was a lot of hard work over the heat of the summer but together they’ve been making every day count for seriously ill children across the county.”
A significant amount of funds for the Grow Your Own garden at Little Havens came from the money raised via Garden Re-Leaf Day 2014, for which Greenfingers is extremely grateful. This garden also received major support from GCA, LOFA and a number of businesses and suppliers who gave time, resources and products free of charge or at reduced prices. Greenfingers rely heavily on this kind of support and would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this project(3).
Andy Smith, Havens Hospices Chief Executive, and Matthew Wilson, Chairman of Greenfingers, joined some of the children who spend time in the hospice to officially open the garden in a small ceremony on 3rd October 2014.
The Grow Your Own garden is Greenfingers 44th garden and the second to be created under the umbrella of the charity’s Rosy Cheeks Appeal(4).
Notes for Editors
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(1) Greenfingers is a small national charity dedicated to creating magical gardens for children’s hospices around the UK. The gardens are built to provide an outdoor space for respite and relaxation for children with life limiting conditions, together with their families. The charity is dedicated to creating beautiful and inspiring outdoors spaces for children, both sick and well, to play in and have fun. Greenfingers always has a further waiting list of hospices that need help.
(2) When a family has been told that there’s no cure for their child’s illness and all that can be done is to make life comfortable, Little Havens Hospice can help.
Set in beautiful meadowland in Thundersley, Little Havens focus on the individual needs of the children they care for, ‘Making every day count’ for those with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Whether Little Havens cares for a child for years, months, weeks or even just hours, they make a real difference to their life. The hospice is the only place in Essex wholly dedicated to looking after those youngsters with an illness which could shorten their life.
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(3) The following people and companies have contributed to the Grow Your Own garden at Little Havens: Action Play and Leisure; Alton Garden Centre; Bridgman; CED Ltd; Dale Hire; David Driver & Sons; Denise Emslie; Essex and Suffolk Water; Extreme Lounging; Falcon Sheds; Gardening Express; Harrod Horticultural; i2i Events Group; Island Leisure Products Ltd; Katie Piper; Kilgraney Railway Sleepers; LOFA; Lowmans; Cooks; Now Magazine and their celebrity volunteers; One Call Hire; Pauline Cook; Q Lawns; Scotts Miracle Gro; Sue & David Holmes; Suttons Seeds; The Garden Trellis Company; Underwoods; VegTrug; WD Smith and Sons.
(4) The Greenfingers ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal aims to raise £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.
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To find out more about the Rosy Cheeks appeal please contact Jane Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org 07899 895489.