Garden Festival continues to grow

Organisers of an annual Herefordshire garden festival which this year gave its largest ever donation to charity have met up to hand over the money to two good causes.

Hellens Garden Festival announced it was giving a total of almost £17,000 from this year’s two-day Festival in Much Marcle to St Michael’s Hospice and the Back to the Wild Community Interest Company.

In just over ten years the Festival has now donated more than £65,000 to St Michael’s.

‘Hellens continues to be a great success, thanks in no small part to the wide array of guests and stall holders we welcome each year,’ said Gail Calthrop, one of the Festival’s Creative Directors.

‘We’d like to thank every one of them for creating this memorable Festival, and the public for supporting us each and every year.’

This year’s highlights included Herefordshire-based actor John Challis opening the Festival alongside BBC Radio 2’s gardening guru, Terry Walton.

Visitors were given the chance to attend horticultural masterclasses and take part in forums on sustainability and outdoor learning.

‘Everyone at St Michael’s is so grateful to Hellens Garden Festival for their continued generosity,’ said Ruth Denison, the Hospice’s Income Generation and Marketing Director.

‘Their support has helped, is helping and will continue to help families affected by terminal cancer in Herefordshire and the surrounding area.

‘On behalf of them, thank you for making a difference at such an important time in their lives.’

Plans are already underway for next year’s Hellens Garden Festival which will carry the theme, ‘Together, We are the Seeds of Change’. It will take place on the 13th– 14thJune 2020. 

Caption: Terry Walton speaking at this year’s Hellens Garden Festival