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New St Elizabeth Hospice design

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)

Following our £5,000 sponsorship of St Elizabeth Hospice’s garden design competition – part of our Community Outreach Programme – the winning designs have been announced.

St Elizabeth Hospice was 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 schoolchildren and students at college or university were invited to enter the competition to design a section of the charity's beautiful garden. The competition attracted nearly 60 entries in total.

They received some brilliant ideas, so much so that they had to pick 6 winners rather than 1 winning design! The 3 judges felt that there were elements from each design that they liked and which they felt would fit in with the requirements and expectations that were initially outlined to the children. They wanted the different features in the garden design to be interactive, accessible and colourful for the Hospice patients and visitors.

Find out more about the competition and St Elizabeth Hospice

Emily Relton's winning design

The winning designs

Sproughton Primary School – year 6 pupils

Connie Hughes: detailed planting, arches

Bethany McCauley: textured wall, vertical garden, games

Emily Relton: maze, garden games (Tic Tac Toe) and overall presentation of design.

Bailey Scannell: sensory area, bird watch area, vegetable patch

Bungay High School – year 8 pupils

Lily Baker: waterfall, coloured path, rainbow flower bed

Michael Foster: rainbow linking path

Judges comments

The judges were very impressed with the range of designs submitted and they loved the variety of features available. They all felt that it was very difficult choosing the winning entries but they were all delighted with the 6 winning designs, as they felt that the chosen features will fit in perfectly with this area of the garden and will help to give Hospice patients and visitors the opportunity of engaging and enjoying this new area of the garden.

The next stage of the process is for the Hospice to start to consider the layout of this new area and then look at how the design and different features can be implemented effectively. We’ll keep you updated.

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