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Hospice gets gold medal garden makeover

PUBLISHED: 09:26 20 April 2016

Leckhampton Court © Michael Dibb (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Leckhampton Court © Michael Dibb (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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A RHS Chelsea Garden Show Gold Medal Winning gardener from Ross on Wye is donating his time and design skills to create a new centre bed in the courtyard of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Cheltenham.

And following a donation from the Cleeve Cloud Golf Club 2015 Charity Tournament to fund the plants, the new garden is coming to life this month with a special planting ceremony attended by hospice gardening volunteers, patients and staff.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show style design by Peter Dowle replaces an old rose border in the hospice’s main courtyard, bringing colour and texture for all to enjoy throughout the year.

A range of plants and larger shrubs including an olive, a strawberry tree, an acer palmatum, a chines windmill palm and scotch pine are being planted along with a number of bed rocks. There are some 45 different species included in the design.

To retain a connection to the hospice’s history the bed rocks are blocks of stone from the original 13th Century manor house, many of which retain the marks from the stone masons who handcrafted them.

Elise Hoadley, Hospice Director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said, “We’re so grateful to Peter for donating his time to design this stunning new centre piece and to the golf club for the funds bringing it to life. Remaining money from their donation will be put towards a new hoist in our Day Hospice, helping us to deliver incredible care for local people with a life limiting condition.”

Doug Farrel and family are behind the Cleeve Cloud Golf Club Charity Golf Tournament held to raise funds for the hospice. He said, “We’re delighted to be able to play a part in the creation of this new garden, which will provide long lasting enjoyment for all those who visit the hospice.”

John Millington, Head Gardener at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said, “We wanted to create something for our patients and visitors to look at and enjoy throughout the year, with colour in every season and the use of grasses creating something to hear too.”

“It is fitting that we have been able to incorporate some original stone from the manor house into it which will ensure the new garden has a connection to the hospice building and those who built it.”

Leckhampton Court provides the only specialist hospice care inpatient unit in the county from its base just outside Cheltenham. It needs to raise £1.6 million every year with the help of local communities and supporters.

For more information visit www.sueryder.org/leckhampton, www.facebook.com/SueRyderLeckhamptonCourtHospice or follow @SueRyderLCH on Twitter.

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