The winner of Pennine’s competition was Kirkwood Hospice, a local Kirklees hospice providing palliative care to the terminally ill, while Birchencliffe’s top prize went to Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, a charity that supports children with life shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.
The winner of Raglan’s competition was Raglan VC Primary School, a local school in the centre of Bromley that has been operating for more than 120 years and boasts an outstanding academic record.
The competitions were launched in October 2015 with a view to giving something back to the community through transforming garden spaces that mean something to locals. The competitions ran until mid-December 2015, with visitors to both garden centres casting votes for their favourite group to win.
As the winning community groups, Kirkwood Hospice, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Raglan VC Primary School will each receive a beautiful new garden just in time for summer. A team of volunteers from Birchencliffe and Pennine Wyevale Garden Centres will work respectively with a local landscape designer to transform their green spaces into outdoor havens – to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Andrew Harper, Garden Centre Manager at Pennine, said: ‘We are delighted to announce Kirkwood Hospice as the winner of our Garden Makeover Competition. We are very excited to work with the hospice and local landscape gardener to create an outdoor green space where residents can relax and enjoy their time at Kirkwood."
Andrew Tyers, Garden Centre Manager at Birchencliffe, said: "It’s great to be doing a project that gives something back to the community – on behalf of the community – to some of the locals who need it the most. We look forward to using our expertise to transform Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice’s garden space into an area that everyone can feel comfortable in and be proud of."
Lorraine Walters, Garden Centre Manager at Raglan, said: "It’s great to be doing a project that gives something back to the community – on behalf of the community. We look forward to using our expertise to transform Ragland VC Primary School’s garden space into an area that the kids and teachers can feel comfortable in and be proud of."