Renowned garden designer, and Sussex local, Ann-Marie Powell designed the Woodland Walk at the hospice, with another local company, Garden House Design building the project. It has seen a previously unusable piece of woodland transformed into a fully accessible, magical woodland space for the children and families who use the hospice to enjoy.
The new woodland garden now includes many exciting and engaging elements all carefully designed with the children who use the hospice in mind. Children will enter the woodland through impressive ?moon gates? suggesting a doorway to another world where they can delight in lawned picnic areas with bespoke blackboard panels; a water zone with viewing platform over a natural pond; a stick walk with giant telegraph poles; a relaxing and restful tepee; a bug zone with nesting boxes and bug ?hotels? and touch flowing strips of sail cloth in the hanging garden.
The opening on Thursday 19th?June saw Linda Perry, Head of Care at Chestnut Tree House welcome guests to the ceremony with Matthew Wilson, Greenfingers chairman, and a designer Ann-Marie Powell officially opening the new space which was marked by the release a cloud of butterflies. Guests were also invited to make their own mark on the garden by scattering woodland flower seeds as they explored and enjoyed the garden.
Matthew Wilson, chairman of Greenfingers, said:??We are absolutely thrilled to be opening what is a truly magical space here at Chestnut Tree House. For the children who use the hospice this space will offer them a wonderful opportunity to be transported into an enchanting woodland; a place where they can lose themselves in an inspiring natural environment that was previously inaccessible to them.?
Matthew Wilson continued to thank all those involved in the project:??We are indebted to everyone who has contributed so generously to this garden, particularly to Ann-Marie Powell for her design and commitment and to Garden House Design for their fantastic build and putting so much time and effort into creating this incredible space.
Thanks also to all the other suppliers and businesses who generously donated time, services and products- without them this garden would not have been possible. The woodland walk we can see before us today and is a breath-taking transformation of the space and a credit to all involved. It is wonderful to think about all the children and families who will now be able to spend time here.?
The Woodland Walk at Chestnut Tree House children?s hospice is the 43rd?garden to be completed by Greenfingers and the first to be finished under the umbrella of the charity?s Rosy Cheeks Appeal.