HOSPICE GARDENS TO BLOOM AFTER BONINGALE DONATION

Severn-Hospice1Boningale Garden Creations, Shropshire’s award-winning garden design company, has donated a lorry-load of plants and shrubs to enhance the tranquil gardens at two Severn Hospice sites.

The consignment of plants, worth hundreds of pounds, were delivered this month to the hospices at Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury, and Apley Castle, Telford, where they will be used to add all-round colour and interest to the outside spaces that are used by patients and their families.

Andi Way, Boningale Garden Creations’ Lead Designer confirmed that the company first became involved with Severn Hospice after installing their Gold award winning show garden from the 2010 Shrewsbury Flower Show at Bicton Heath hospice.

Andi, who recently won a further two Golds at the 2014 Shrewsbury Flower Show, said: “Severn Hospice is a cause very close to our hearts and we are keen to maintain connections and help them in their efforts to keep the gardens at their hospices in tip-top condition.

“Gardens are really important places for enjoying peace and quiet, soaking in the tranquillity, looking at nature and relaxing in, so we hope the plants and shrubs we have donated will help patients and their families enjoy the space even more.”

Grown at Boningale Nurseries in Albrighton, one of the UK’s largest nurseries, the plants were presented to Severn Hospice by the company’s two apprentices Mark Shorthouse (who was recently taken on full-time as a Project Administrator) and Jamie Edwards.

Lead gardeners at Severn Hospice Chris Watkins and Tony Comley said they were thrilled to receive such a generous donation.

At Shrewsbury, they and team of volunteers will use some of the plants to create a new shrub bed outside the family room, where patients’ relatives can spend the night, while in Telford, the plants will be used to improve the long border that runs along the garden, the bank outside patient bedrooms, and in the driveway border.

“We are truly grateful to everyone at Boningale Garden Creations for their very kind donation of such quality shrubs,” said Chris. “It would have cost us hundreds of pounds if we were to buy them ourselves.

“The gardens at our hospices in Shrewsbury and Telford play a vital role in the care we provide offering secluded areas, woodland walks and colourful flower beds for our patients and their loved ones to enjoy.”

Severn Hospice relies on teams of volunteers to help in the gardens. Anyone wishing to offer their time should contact Chris and Tony on 01743 236565.