The Royal Bank of Canada Garden will make the move later this year with fundraising by Greenfingers to support the relocation now underway. Key members of the project team, who will oversee the move, met on site last week to begin the process.
Earl Mountbatten was chosen in recognition of its work developing services for children and their families on the Island. Although the hospice has previously focused mainly on adult hospice care, it is aiming to expand its offering to care for local children who need hospice care, along with their families.
The relocated garden will form part of the hospice’s offering to young patients giving them a beautifully designed outdoor space in which they can relax away from the rigours of their care.
Matthew Wilson, the garden designer and Greenfingers Chairman, said: "I'm thrilled to be here on the Island today to get the ball rolling on the relocation of my Chelsea Flower Show garden.
It means a huge amount to me personally that this garden is relocating to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice; the garden itself was a labour of love and through my work at Greenfingers providing beautiful outdoor spaces for those who spend time in hospices is very close to my heart. It has been great to be here today and I can't wait to see the finished garden in all it's glory in this fantastic location."
Hospice Chief executive Nigel Hartley, said: "It's a real honour tobe part of this and we know the garden will bring so much joy to everyone at Earl Mountbatten and indeed the wider community."