After six months of planning the relocation team led by Craig Ratcliff of C.A.R Gardens broke ground this week. The former Royal Bank of Canada garden will provide an oasis for children and their families who benefit from services at Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
Emma Hanford, Garden Projects Manager for Greenfingers, commented: "We are delighted work is now underway on site to recreate the stunning Chelsea Flower Show garden here at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. To see this beautiful garden rebuilt here will be extremely rewarding, particularly as it will be such a lovely outdoor space for everyone to enjoy."
Nigel Hartley, CEO at the hospice, said: "We are all so pleased to see the Chelsea Garden beginning to take shape at the hospice. As I have said before, this garden is for the Island, so we are hoping it will be a reason for many to come and visit us, enjoying the garden as well as the rest of the facilities in the John Cheverton Centre"
Although the hospice has previously focused on adult hospice care, it has expanded its services to local children and their families, who have previously needed to travel to the mainland for treatment.
Gemma Blamire and Aaron Rolf, whose daughter Sophie was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2012, have spearheaded the need for children's hospice services on the island. The provision of children's care on the Isle of Wight, which the Chelsea garden will add to, is part of Sophie's ongoing legacy to help other children with life limiting conditions.