We are appealing for help so that we can improve access to our award-winning gardens.
The gardens at our hospices in Shrewsbury and Telford play a vital role in supporting patients and families, providing beauty, tranquility and space in nature alongside our other caring services.
Thanks to a contribution from National Grid, we have funding for a project at our Shrewsbury site which will improve access to the garden and children’s trail for people in wheelchairs.
Kay Britton, Head of Hospitality and Estates at the hospice said: “We’re so grateful to National Grid for supporting us with this. With that funding in place, we’ve designed what we want now we just need a landscape gardener to help us create it.
“Our gardens are appreciated by so many families and visitors – and we have 21-acres of them across our two hospices – and this project will enable even more people to enjoy them.”
The hospice gardens are kept tip-top year round by an army of 40 volunteers and two full-time gardeners. They have won several horticultural awards – including Britain in Bloom accolades – and attract a variety of wildlife, from stoats to squirrels, woodpeckers and pheasants. There is even a seaside garden, complete with beach hut, at our Telford hospice in Apley.
Severn Hospice Estates Manager Paul Palin said: “The landscaping work required is manually intensive and we’re looking for a company to contract with to complete the project before Christmas.”
All the care provided by Severn Hospice to thousands of people each year is only possible thanks to the generous support it receives from the communities it serves. As a completely independent charity, Severn Hospice has to raise £2 for every £3 it spends on providing care and support free of charge.
If you work for or own a local landscaping company and think you can help us with our latest transformation project, please contact Paul Palin by calling 01743 236565.