Greenfingers & KLC alumni creating hospice garden

Greenfingers have announced the winner of the latest competition run by the charity in association with KLC School of Design.

L-R: Emma Hanford, Greenfingers; Marc O’Neil, runner-up; Annie Guilfoyle, KLC; winner Nicola Wakefield; designer Ann-Marie Powell. Image: Supplied
L-R: Emma Hanford, Greenfingers; Marc O’Neil, runner-up; Annie Guilfoyle, KLC; winner Nicola Wakefield; designer Ann-Marie Powell. Image: Supplied

The winning designer, Nicola Wakefield, is now set to reinvigorate a garden space at Helen & Douglas House hospice in Oxford.

Alumni from the KLC School of Design garden design diploma course were invited to submit designs for an outdoor retreat that will enable children in wheelchairs and beds to spend time in the heart of the garden. A further requirement for the space was that it was sheltered from the elements and needed to be usable all year round.

Wakefield's 'Kaleidoscope' design has today been announced as the winner of the competition, following judging by a panel including garden designer Ann-Marie Powell. The designs were judged in consultation with members of the hospice staff including a play therapist, and a recently bereaved mother, all of whom were able to give valuable insight into the practicalities of the design and the needs of the children who will use the space.

Wakefield said: "I am thrilled to have won the Greenfingers competition. It is an amazing opportunity and I'm hugely excited about it. Helen & Douglas House is a very special place to be creating a garden."

Annie Guilfoyle, director of garden design at KLC, said: "It has been wonderful to work with Greenfingers again as the work they do is fantastic and means so much to people who are going through an extremely difficult time in their lives.

"Nicola is a very talented designer; her scheme was perfect for the site and the clients were captivated by it. She has very cleverly made the most of a small area and her design will give both adults and children such pleasure in the future."

Emma Hanford, Greenfingers Gardens Project Manager, who organised the competition added: "We're delighted to continue our partnership with KLC; combining our experience of creating many hospice gardens with emerging design talent. Nicola's design concept answered a tricky brief and we're looking forward to working closely with her and the hospice team to develop a special garden area for everyone at the hospice."

Helen & Douglas House cares for terminally ill children and young adults from birth to 35 years old, along with their families.

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