The team behind the garden and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice voluntary gardening group have created a colourful flower bed using materials from a bed previously situated in Oldham town centre. The hospice looks after adults with life-limiting conditions.
An installation of giant balls of wool and knitting needles "represents everything that knits our communities together" according to Oldham Council and has significance for Dr Kershaw’s too. In 1984 volunteers made a hand-knitted hang glider which was flown at Dovestones quarry to help raise funds needed to open the facility.
The council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and co-operatives Barbara Brownridge said: "Each year the Bloom and Grow team works with residents, schools, organisations and businesses to produce displays that we can all be proud of.
"This year we’ve worked closely with the voluntary gardening group at Dr Kershaw’s and I’m delighted that the centrepiece of our award winning entry has found a new home in their grounds
"The colourful display will be maintained by hospice volunteers and I’m sure it will be popular with service users and visitors alike."
Income generation manager at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, Lisa Pearson, said the Bloom and Grow team do an amazing job:
"When the council offered the installation to us we were thrilled, the council’s theme of our communities knitted together is exactly what we are about here at the hospice; a part of the fabric of our community, serving all of it."
Oldham scooped gold and the title of Best City 2014 at the RHS’s Britain in Bloom competition. It also took Best City title at North West in Bloom. Oldham is counted as a city because of its population size.
Dr Kershaw’s scooped an award in the Hospice category at its first attempt.