Furthering the Seeds of Hope | Love The Garden

Furthering the Seeds of Hope

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)


As part of our community outreach activities, we visit the Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden to give them help and assistance with the garden’s maintenance and upkeep to ensure it continues to flourish.

The Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden was set up by Caroline Jay at Guildford Cathedral to help children and young people cope with and explore their feelings of loss with the support of their families, teachers and carers.


Ginny Downey tackles some pruning jobs to keep her warm – nice hat and wellies!
Adrian Picken (left) and Tim Farrant keep themselves warm by collecting up windswept leaves

Our latest visit to the Garden was to give it a bit of an Autumn tidy up, to get it ready for Winter. The main job was that wonderful experience of raking up leaves by the bag load on a very windy day! If left in place, they can suffocate the lawn and small plants, which leads to dieback and disease problems.

We also had to deal with some tree stumps, which we treated with Roundup Tree Stump and Root Killer. On this occasion I was ably assisted by Ginny Downey and Adrian Picken, from Scotts Miracle-Gro HQ, who provided my ‘manpower’ and ‘did the maths’ to work out how much of the Roundup was needed for each stump.

We managed to do nearly everything on the job list before it got dark, but when I suggested the moon would soon be out and we could carry on with the aid of head torches – nobody spoke to me!

I would like to thank all my willing volunteers who have turned out this year and made such a difference in the Garden. We’ll be going back next year and I’ll keep you up to date with our progress.

To find out more about The Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden, visit www.seedsofhopechildrensgarden.co.uk.

Tim Farrant
Our Lead Gardener at the Seeds of Hope Children’s Garden


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