The new ‘Meadow Garden’ at Forget Me Not features 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 a bird hide specially designed for wheelchair access with viewing points to observe wildlife. The whole garden includes annual and perennial wildflower planting, flanked by new native hedging.
Greenfingers garden project manager Emma Hanford said: "We are delighted to be at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice today to officially open the beautiful meadow garden and we can’t wait to see the children and families who spend time here really enjoying the space.
"As with all of our Greenfingers gardens we have relied on the generosity of individuals and companies within the industry to donate and discount products, and to provide their time, insight and enthusiasm. They have all helped to create a garden where children, families and carers can engage with their natural environment now and in the future as the meadows and plantings develop year on year."
Hospice chief executive Peter Branson added: "The garden created with Greenfingers is a wonderful example of what can happen when local organisations and volunteers are brought together to make something really special. We are immensely grateful for the dedication and generosity of all those involved which has led to the creation of a magical space for children and families to enjoy for years to come."
Supporters included:Utley Excavations and Landscape Creations for ground works and building the garden; Barry Kellington of Honley Garden Design for his fantastic design; HSBC for their generous donation at the start of the project and for sending volunteers to help out with planting and seeding of the meadows; Town & Country for their generous donation towards the completion of the garden; Kew Gardens for donating seeds and valuable advice via their Grow Wild programme;Armitage’s Garden Centre; Beverley Brooks; CID Group; Crowder; David Wilce; Deco-Pak; Green-tech; Handspring Design; JBD Transport; JM Haulage; Kelkay; Knowl Park Nurseries; Lightwater Quarries; Lizzie Balmforth; M&M Timber; Myers Group; Naylor Myers; Oase Living-Water; Orchard Energy; Q Lawns; Rodgers Plant Hire; RV Roger;Thornton Fencing.
The creation of the Meadow Garden was made possible thanks todonations from trusts and individuals including the Sir George Martin Trust.
The garden at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice has been built as part of Greenfingers’ ‘Rosy Cheeks’ appeal.