Scotts gives £5,000 for hospice garden

Following Scotts £5,000 sponsorship of the St Elizabeth Hospice garden design competition - part of our GRO1000 Community Outreach Programme - the winning designs have been built and the garden is now open for the residents and staff to use.

St Elizabeth Hospice was looking for young people in the Suffolk and Norfolk area to take part in their Help the Hospice Grow – garden design competition to provide ideas for a new area of the charity's garden. They received around 100 entries from local primary and secondary schoolchildren and students.

Judges picked six winners and took elements from each design into the final garden.

The new garden area incorporates raised beds for patients to tend to, a quiet reflection area, a vegetable plot, children’s play area and a summer house. Individual features include a statue made by day care patients, coloured bricks to brighten up the garden and add further colour and features.

The garden was officially opened by hospice chief executive Mark Millar and the four schoolchildren from Sproughton Primary School whose ideas were incorporated into the design of the garden, Bailey Scannell, Bethany McCauley, Emily Relton and Connie Hughes, along with Vicky Page, head of the Scotts Miracle-Gro UK Community Outreach Programme.

Scotts donation is part of GRO1000, a community outreach initiative launched by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company USA in 2011. GRO1000 will result in the creation of 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018 – the company’s 150th anniversary.

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