Can you help the Hospice garden grow?

St Elizabeth Hospice is looking for young people with a creative eye to take part in their Help the Hospice grow – garden design competition sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro.
Primary and Secondary schoolchildren and students at college or university are invited to enter the competition to design a section of the charity’s beautiful garden at the Hospice in Foxhall Road, Ipswich.
The winner will have their ideas incorporated into the final garden designs and see patients and their families enjoying the new environment. 
Sarah Archer, Fundraising Partnerships Manager, said: “We know how creative young people can be and we are urging them to come up with a beautiful garden masterpiece which 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.”
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 a representative from competition sponsor, Scotts Miracle-Gro.

Scotts Miracle-Gro, the UK’s leading supplier of garden and lawn products, have donated £5,000 to sponsor the competition.

Vicky Page, head of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Outreach Programme, said: “Scotts Miracle-Gro is 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. This 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.”

For more information on the competition or to enter, click here 
The closing date for entries is 1st July 2014.

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