Blue Peter gardener opens new version of Tatton Park show garden in hospice grounds

An award-winning garden from RHS Flower Show Tatton Park which was donated to a new hospice garden has been officially opened by Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins.

L-R is Steve Foxcroft,  Willow Wood chief executive Karen Houlston,  Sophie Cordingley and Andrew Dunkley
L-R is Steve Foxcroft, Willow Wood chief executive Karen Houlston, Sophie Cordingley and Andrew Dunkley

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.

 

 


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