43rd Greenfingers garden opens at children's hospice in Sussex

A magical woodland walk garden designed by Ann-Marie Powell and built by Garden House Design has become the 43rd Greenfingers garden.

Garden designer Ann-Marie Powell, Mark Winrow & Rode Winrow of Garden House Design and Emma Hanford from Greenfingers
Garden designer Ann-Marie Powell, Mark Winrow & Rode Winrow of Garden House Design and Emma Hanford from Greenfingers

The garden was officially opened last week at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Arundel, Sussex.

Chestnut Tree House head of care Linda Perry, welcomed guests including the garden’s creators and Matthew Wilson, Greenfingers chairman to the new space and opened it with a release of a cloud of butterflies. 

Guests were also invited to make their own mark on the garden by scattering woodland flower seeds as they explored and enjoyed the garden.

The previously unusable piece of woodland was transformed in to a fully accessible space for the children and families who use the hospice to enjoy. The garden features elements carefully designed with the children who use the hospice in mind. They will enter the woodland through ‘moon gates’ suggesting a doorway to another world.

Once there they can enjoy picnic areas with bespoke blackboard panels, a water zone with viewing platform over a natural pond, a stick walk with giant telegraph poles, a tepee, a bug zone with nesting boxes and bug hotels and touch flowing strips of sail cloth in the hanging garden.

At the event Wilson said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be opening what is a truly magical space here at Chestnut Tree House. For the children who use the hospice this space will offer them a wonderful opportunity to be transported into an enchanting woodland; a place where they can lose themselves in an inspiring natural environment previously inaccessible to them.

"We are indebted to everyone who has contributed so generously to this garden, particularly to Ann-Marie Powell for her design and commitment and to Garden House Design for their fantastic build and putting so much time and effort into creating this incredible space.

Thanks also to all the other suppliers and businesses who generously donated time, services and products - without them this garden would not have been possible. 

"The woodland walk we can see before us today is a breathtaking transformation of the space and a credit to all involved.  It is wonderful to think about all the children and families who will now be able to spend time here."

The Woodland Walk garden is the first to be finished under the umbrella of the charity’s Rosy Cheeks Appeal.


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