Having chosen to support Compton Hospice this year, I’ve had the privilege of spending a bit of time there recently, getting stuck into a project which we hope will really bring those fantastic gardens to life.
The hospice is set in amazing grounds, but having toured them back in the winter with the charity’s chief executive, Ron Middleton, it struck Olivia and I just how little colour there was.
All year round colour is something everyone would like from a garden, but it’s particularly important to somewhere like Compton, where patients are seriously ill, and having something to look at, even just from their window, can bring a great deal of enjoyment.
So Olivia and I have been discussing how we can rectify the situation, and the first phase of our work is now complete.
We’ve given the large bed outside the reception area a complete overhaul, added lots of textures, colours and some height with around 200 new plants, donated by Boningale Nurseries.
The planting covers around 30 square metres, and is pretty much the first thing to greet you when you arrive at the hospice reception, so our aim is to make a big impact on visitors, all year round.
We’ve planned the scheme so that the bed has something to offer throughout the year, which was top of our priorities list.
Once the weather picks up a bit, we’re hoping to revisit in the next couple of weeks to see how the plants have bedded down, and are looking forward to seeing a great injection of colour – just what the garden needs, not to mention the patients, and all of their visitors.
We look forward to showing you the finished article!