Greenfingers begins work on 44th garden at Little Havens Hospice, Essex

The charity is creating an accessible and interactive grow your own garden where seriously ill children and families who are cared for by Little Havens can enjoy growing and harvesting their own food, as well as using the new space for therapy, play and relaxation.

The garden will transform a currently vacant patch of land into a fruit and vegetable garden, designed and built by Chelmsford based Eden Horticulture, with Matthew Eden working alongside Greenfingers' garden project manager Emma Hanford.

The garden will feature accessible raised beds. Children will enter the garden via a beautiful pergola donated by Harrod Horticultural and can travel along Cedagravel pathways, to a stone circle, donated by CED, which will serve as a meeting and entertaining area.

At the centre of the stone circle will be a watering can water feature, which the children can actually use to help water the garden. Raised grassy viewing areas that include an iroko tree seat donated by the Garden Trellis Company under an existing oak tree will border the garden.

Another central feature of the new Grow Your Own garden will be the circus-style 'Big Top' where outdoor activities can take place.

Hanford said: "We are thrilled to have made a start on our 44th garden – this 'Grow Your Own' garden at Little Havens will be such an inspiring space for the children to learn and have fun growing fruit and vegetables with their families, the Care Team and the hospice's volunteers – spending time together and passing down experience through the generations, out in the fresh air. We can't wait for the children here to get out here!

"Once again, the support we've received from the industry has been wonderful, we are grateful to everyone who has been involved so far, and would welcome any other interest in this exciting project."

In addition to the major donations from Harrod Horticultural, CED and Garden Trellis Company Greenfingers would like to thank David Driver & Sons; Dale Hire; Q Lawns; Scotts; Alton Garden Centre; Perrywood Garden Centre; Gardening Express; VegTrug; Kilgraney Railway Sleepers; Underwoods and LOFA.

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