Garden makeovers for hospices

Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield
Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield

Two West Yorkshire hospices are to receive garden makeovers after thousands of shoppers voted for them in a garden centre competition.

Kirkwood Hospice and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, which are both in Huddersfield, came out top after votes at Wyevale Garden Centres in Shelley and Birchencliffe.

Both were nominated as spaces that “mean something” to local people, and will have their outdoor space transformed into havens by landscape gardeners and volunteers from the two garden centres.

Andrew Tyers, garden centre manager at Birchencliffe, said: “It’s great to be doing a project that gives something back to the community – on behalf of the community – to some of the locals who need it the most. We look forward to using our expertise to transform Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice’s garden space into an area that everyone can feel comfortable in and be proud of.”

Jim Coward, Kirkwood Hospice media and marketing manager, said: “We were delighted to find out that the local community had nominated in the Garden Makeover Competition and were thrilled to hear the news that we had won. We are constantly humbled by the support which we receive from the general public. We can’t wait to get started on plans and look forward to working alongside Pennine Wyevale Garden Centre to create a beautiful new space at the Hospice.”

Sharon Burton, Director of Care at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice said: “We are extremely excited to work with the landscape designer to develop some of our garden space. I’m really looking forward to seeing the plans come to life so our families and children can benefit from it in time for summer. A huge thanks to the local community for their votes in making this happen; I’m absolutely blown away by their response to this competition held at Birchencliffe.”