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12 September 2022

Monty Don unveils St Michael's Hospice garden

Monty Don unveils St Michael’s Hospice garden

The hard work of volunteer gardeners at St Michael’s Hospice has been praised by horticultural icon Monty Don.

The Gardeners’ World host was speaking at the unveiling of the Hospice’s 1.5 acre gardens in Bartestree.

The two-year project has been carried out by more than 20 volunteers who have met weekly to help transform the generous plot into beautiful space for patients, their loved ones, and Hospice staff.

“Your hard work and dedication should be applauded,” Monty told the volunteer gardeners during Sunday’s unveiling, attended by around 300 people.

“Gardens provide enjoyment and solace and I’m sure those who spend time in this garden will feel enriched by what’s around them.”

The project has been led by Head Volunteer Gardener Steve Flack.

“I feel very proud that we’ve produced this special patch of land that can be enjoyed by patients, their loved ones, volunteers and staff,” he said. 

“Gardens bring pleasure to so many people, of all ages and backgrounds, and I hope the incredible work carried out by the team will be a source of enjoyment, comfort and contentment for all who spend time in it. 

“We would not be where we are today without the support, advice and guidance of Monty Don who, on several occasions, has visited us to see how work is going. I can’t thank him enough.”  

The garden is divided into several areas, including a Rose Garden and a Pavilion Garden. It features a dry stone wall, raised viewing deck for those in a wheelchair, a ‘Moongate Seat’ created by Simon Probyn, offering stunning views of the adjacent orchard, a Stream of Memories, and new, improved pathways.

The Gardens are not open to the public. However, they can be viewed by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact the Hospice on: 01432 851000.

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