Chelsea, Hampton Court plant donations bring hospice closer to completion

The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House in Hillington, King's Lynn is due to officially open next year, and Crane Garden Buildings have helped them get one step closer to reaching their goal.

Norfolk Hospice garden. Image: Supplied
Norfolk Hospice garden. Image: Supplied

The family-run timber buildings company in Narford donated all of the plants from their award winning 2015 RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show displays to the hospice. Robin Tacchi Plants also donated the plants from their Chelsea and Hampton Court show gardens to the hospice planting scheme.

According to the hospice the gardens and grounds will be "an integral part of creating peace and tranquillity at a very difficult time in patient’s lives".

Last week (19 - 24 October) a large planting session took place to complete the hospice courtyard, to add to the paving and flower beds which had already been formed. 

By the end of the week, the courtyard had been transformed, largely thanks to help of volunteers including hospice employees, local residents and volunteers brought along by Alison Findlay from the RHS.

Flower beds were rotavated to remove weeds and stones before planting was carried out. Donated rocks from Frimstone Quarries Ltd in Snettisham were placed amongst the plants the garden for extra visual impact, with 20 tonnes of stone shingle, donated by Middleton Aggregates Ltd in King's Lynn, laid over the flower beds. A beautiful White Handkerchief tree was planted in the centre of the courtyard, and donated turf from Q Lawns of Feltwell was laid.

Garden designer Peter Mortin, who is Crane's national sales manager, said: "It has been very humbling this week to see all these volunteers helping The Norfolk Hospice in this way. We knew we were helping a very worthy cause, and clearly all these wonderful people think so too."

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