On 4 January 2016 building work is planned to start on the Isle of Wight at Earl Mountbatten Hospice. This new Greenfingers garden is the relocation of the Royal Bank of Canada’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 garden, designed by Matthew Wilson, formerly Greenfingers chairman.
In February, Greenfingers plans to go on-site at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield to build two private garden spaces directly outside the bereavement suites.
Greenfingers said: "We hope that our full, exciting and varied fundraising calendar in 2016 will enable us to create more gardens in 2016 in Oxford, Luton and Sunderland for the benefit of children, young adults and their families. At Keech Hospice Care in Luton we are working with Homebase and gold medal winning Chelsea garden designer Adam Frost and Homebase Garden Academy students to transform the concrete courtyard into the central hub of the hospice.
At Helen & Douglas House, Oxford, Greenfingers wants to create a small, safe and sheltered area, within a previously built Greenfingers garden, in which a child in a wheelchair could be transferred to a ground level seated/lying area within the garden via a mobile hoist, or wheeled outside in their bed.
Another project Greenfingers shall be fundraising for in 2016 will be to complete an interactive family garden at Grace House in Southwick, Sunderland with Sean Murray, winner of the BBC’s Great Chelsea Garden Challenge 2015.
Greenfingers voluntary chairman John Ashley said: "We must thank all those individuals, groups and businesses who have supported Greenfingers in 2015 and we hope that our friends will continue to support us in the months ahead. We believe that creating gardens for recreation and enjoyment of the children and families who benefit from hospice services uses the best skills of our gardening industry and the generosity of the public. These valuable spaces can provide a million memories and a sanctuary of care. However, we realise that there are many children’s hospices that still need our help. That is why we launched our Million Moments appeal in 2015. This appeal aims to raise £1 million which will enable Greenfingers to bring the precious gift of a garden to at least 5,000 more children and families in hospices across the UK."
So far Greenfingers Charity for Hospice Gardens has completed 49 gardens for the benefit of children and young adults. In 2015, Greenfingers created a garden for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield. Isle of Wight and Sheffield gardens were rescheduled to early 2016.