The 43rd Greenfingers garden – a magical ‘Woodland Walk’ – at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Arundel, Sussex was officially opened in June 2014.
Renowned garden designer, and Sussex local, Ann-Marie Powell designed the Woodland Walk at the hospice, with another local company, Garden House Design building the project. It saw 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 includes many exciting and engaging elements all carefully designed with the children who use the hospice in mind. Children 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 of the garden on Thursday 19th June 2014 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 at the opening: ‘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).
Everyone at Greenfingers would like to say a huge thank you to all of those involved in the project – without these people it simply couldn’t have been possible…
The whole team at Chestnut Tree House
Rod, Mark Debs and the team at Garden House Design
Bank of New York Mellon
Chris Nangle Furniture
Kilgraney Railway Sleepers
Quercus Plant Procurement
Steve White County Landscapes
Town & Country
Winner Plant Hire.