At the beginning of October Greenfingers began work on its next garden – at Forget-Me-Not children’s hospice in West Yorkshire
It has been an extremely busy year for everyone at Greenfingers with work beginning on this, its third garden of 2014, following the completion of a woodland garden in Sussex and a grow your own garden in Essex. The new garden at Forget-Me-Not children’s hospice in Huddersfield will take the form of a specially designed ‘Meadow Garden’ which will be accessible to all and celebrate the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
The new garden, which is being built by Landscape Creations with Utley Excavations doing the ground works, will make great use of the outdoor space in which the hospice sits, transforming it into a space that will be able to cater for a wide range of ages and needs.
The meadow garden will feature 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 bird hide and animal feeding stations for the children to observe and engage with wildlife. The whole garden will be awash with annual and perennial wildflower planting, flanked by new native hedging.
Emma Hanford, Greenfingers Garden Projects Manager, said of the project: “It’s wonderful to get this exciting project underway at Forget Me Not. This meadow garden will not only be beautiful and a celebration of the inspiring landscape of Yorkshire, it will be completely accessible to all offering a whole range of ways for the children to engage with the natural environment and providing a valuable opportunity for patients to forget about their troubles and simply enjoy being children.”
Greenfingers still have some outstanding needs in order to complete the project and are calling on anyone within the industry who can help with the following to please get in touch:
- garden sheds to be used as bird hide/wildlife watching stations
- large sail cloths to create a semi-covered story telling area
The garden at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is just one garden set to be built as part of Greenfingers’ ambitious ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal. The ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal aims to raise funds to create at least ten gardens at children’s hospices around the UK over the next two years.