The gardens at Bluebell Wood are reflective, calm spaces that sit beside the two bereavement suites at the hospice, designed to offer privacy and space for contemplation at times of grief. Careful thought was given to providing year-round greenery with planting to attract wildlife, bringing movement and an overall sense of calm in the gardens for families at difficult times.
While many Greenfingers gardens focus on bringing elements of play and fun to children with ongoing illnesses who spend time in hospices, the gardens at Bluebell Wood highlight the important work the charity does in providing the therapeutic benefits of gardens to those dealing with very upsetting end-of-life circumstances.
Deborah Skillicorn, Greenfingers charity director, said: "It feels fitting that our 50th garden should be these beautiful, contemplative spaces at Bluebell Wood – being able to offer some comfort to families experiencing extremely difficult times is an emotive reminder of why we do the work we do.
"It is incredible that since Greenfingers started back in 1998 we have create 50 well-designed, accessible and inspiring gardens for children and their families in hospices around the UK. Reaching this milestone is a wonderful achievement and with many more hospices waiting for our help we look forward to continuing the great work and giving the gift of a garden to even more children."
The gardens at Bluebell Wood could not have been made without the help and support the charity has received from across the horticulture industry. These gardens in particular have relied heavily on in-kind donations of products and services and Greenfingers would like to offer its thanks and appreciation to everyone who has been involved. Creating the gardens outside the bereavement suites at the hospice could not have been possible without the support of many, including Langlands Garden Centre, Europlanters, James Bird Landscapes, Westland Horticulture, Kelkay, Gardman, Millboard Decking, PG Bridgman Co, Easigrass and The Garden Trellis Company.
Skillicorn added: "We are extremely lucky to work in an industry where we have received such wonderful support since the charity began. Again, it seems fitting that we were able to complete this, our 50th garden, working with an amazing group of individuals and companies who have so generously given time, products and services to help us create these spaces at Bluebell Wood.
"We cannot thank you enough for your kind heartedness and continued support of the work we do."