The Precious Resources Garden, designed by Paul Hervey Brookes, was moved to a new home at Willow Wood Hospice, in Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester before having its opening last week where its components went into a new design by Sophie Cordingley and built by Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) member Foxcroft Landscapes.
Collins said: "It was a big honour for me to attend and open the new garden at Willow Wood Hospice . I am fortunate to be aware of the amazing work that is being undertaken there and the positivity of those all involved bring to this special place . "
As a gardener I fully understand the ability of nature to bring happiness into our lives and thus feel the garden is a superb addition to Willow Wood . I believe it will make a valuable contribution to all who are involved at the hospice for many years to come."
The garden – a silver medal and People’s Choice winner at Tatton last year - was originally built by a collaboration of the founder members of the APL North West Cluster Group – Andy Kirman of Kirman Design based in Warrington, Steve Foxcroft and Simon Ford of Foxcroft Landscapes based in Leigh, Stephen Hargreaves of Seasonal Landscapes, based in Thornton Cleveleys and Mick Topp of Vision Landscapes, based in Southport.
Willow Wood Hospice provides specialist Palliative Care to those suffering with life-threatening illnesses. It first opened for day patients in May 1999 and for in-patients the following September. Since then, the hospice has cared for more than 2,000 patients and their families.