Gold medal standards for new hospice garden

Woking & Sam Beare Hospice has joint forces with RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner Charlotte Harris, who with the help of the hospices volunteers, on Monday 21 August started the landscaping, which will take 2-3 weeks to complete.

Three very special garden spaces will be created; the Retreat Garden, which will be accessible from the hospice’s front of house café; the Wildlife Garden, at the rear of the building, and finally the Encircling Garden, which will follow the perimeter of the hospice grounds.

Charlotte, who is greatly inspired by the work of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, sees a strong alignment with the principle underpinning her own landscaping vison and was therefore keen to put her talents to use for the local charity. Her mother was also under the care of the hospice, and sadly passed away in 1999. According to Charlotte, the earliest memories she has of her Mother are of her in the Garden, so this project will be a special tribute to her.

The gardens could not become a reality without the support of local supporters and Woking & Sam Beare Hospices are extremely grateful to the Willerby’s Landscapers for their contractual support, and to Groundwork UK, who as part of Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme are contributing towards the development.

The hospice is also very grateful for the help and support provided by its fantastic volunteers. These include a wonderful team of ten gardeners, some of whom work for Wisley Gardens. They will be working closely alongside Charlotte during this process and also will be learning how to continue to maintain the gardens going forward.

If you would like to be a part of the garden development or are interested in funding opportunities, please get in touch.