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Helping St Elizabeth Hospice grow

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)
St Elizabeth Hospice Design Winners and Cheque from Miracle-Gro

As part of their Community Outreach Programme, Miracle-Gro have donated £5,000 to St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich, to sponsor their garden design competition.

Scotts Miracle-Gro cheque presentation to St Elizabeth HospiceMiracle-Gro said "We are deeply committed to supporting charities and projects that aim to enrich gardening communities. We are also extremely keen on promoting the use of gardening and horticulture as a therapy. The healing power of nature can benefit a wide range of people with varying ailments. The project at St Elizabeth Hospice is an excellent way to get the local community involved in, and thinking about, horticultural therapy and will provide a valuable resource for many years to come."

St Elizabeth Hospice is looking for young people in the Suffolk and Norfolk area with a creative eye to take part in their Help the Hospice Grow – garden design competition. Primary and Secondary school children and students at college or university are invited to enter the competition to design a section of the charity's beautiful garden.

The winner will have their ideas incorporated into the final garden designs and see patients and their families enjoying the new environment.

In the picture are: Vicky Page, head of the Scotts Miracle-Gro UK Community Outreach Programme; Emily Sheridan, Community Partnerships Lead Fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice; Alexia Edwards, registered nurse in the Day Centre, Louisa White, a day patient at St Elizabeth Hospice; and Brian Taylor, Business Partnerships Lead Fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice.

Sarah Archer, Fundraising Partnerships Manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “We know how creative young people can be and we are urging them to come up with a beautiful garden masterpiece that will benefit the health and well-being of our patients. They could work on the designs at school with classmates, or at home with their parents or grandparents.

“Our patients and their families and carers spend a lot of time in our garden, so designs should take into consideration our patients’ needs, for example wheelchair access, raised areas for patients to tend to and incorporation of all the senses, the use of lights, sounds, smells and colours. We are indebted to Scotts Miracle-Gro for their support.”

The competition will be judged by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin, East Anglian Region Chairman of the British Association of Landscaping Industries, Kevin Harden, and Elaine Gotts from Scotts Miracle-Gro.

For more information on the competition or to enter, call 01473 707030, [email protected] or visit

The closing date for entries is 1st July 2014.

The donation is part of GRO1000, a community outreach initiative that was launched by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in 2011. GRO1000 will result in the creation of 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018 – the company’s 150th anniversary.


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