Announcement from the RHS;
Following the Government update on 16 March 2020 and ongoing situation with COVID-19, all RHS Shows will be cancelled with immediate effect until 30 June 2020.
With the Government no longer supporting mass gathering events due to the impact on emergency services and heightened actions to encourage social distancing, the following RHS Shows will regrettably no longer take place in 2020:
- RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 17-19 April
- RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 7–10 May
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 19–23 May
- RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, 11–14 June
About St Giles …
St Giles support and care for local people whose illness may not be curable, whenever and wherever they need it most
They help more than 7,000 people a year facing the challenge of a potentially incurable illness and provide bereavement support to more than 2,000 people every year.
Their dedicated team provides physical, practical and emotional support free of charge at their hospice centres in Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield and Walsall as well as in patients’ own homes.
Raising awareness …
Firstly, as a show garden, it aims to continue to build awareness and raise the profile of St Giles Hospice
RHS Malvern not only gets over 100,000 visitors during the show, but also features on several television & radio programmes – including Gardeners’ World and Radio 2 – as well as in newspapers and magazines, generating a huge amount of publicity. Not to mention the Social Media opportunities.
Creating a show garden in support of St Giles is a unique and innovative way of talking about and promoting the work they do, achieving greater exposure to a new and wider audience, allowing them to share their story, increase their support base and connect with potential beneficiaries.
Fundraising with Sunflowers …
Sunflowers have long been symbolically associated with hospice care, the yellow sunflower being the emblem of the hospice movement
The garden takes on this theme – showcasing bespoke paving inlaid with a sunflower design and a custom made metal screen laser cut in the pattern of a Sunflower.
To add to that hundreds of metal Sunflowers made especially for the project will create an art installation at the heart of the garden.
Anyone wishing to support the project can buy Sunflowers for £20 each, with 50% of the proceeds being donated to St Giles Hospice and 50% being used to fund the show garden at RHS Malvern.
Finally, as a garden …
The garden has been designed in collaboration with St Giles to provide a multi-functional space when it comes back to the hospice
Not just close relatives , but everyone in the extended family, friends and even pets, are welcomed and encouraged to visit loved ones at the hospice and the garden is designed as a space where positive memories of a hospice visit can be made. Raised beds, wheelchair access and even room to manoeuvre a bed, means everyone can enjoy the garden together.
The garden is also designed as an outdoor ‘hub’ for community engagement projects, workshops and events. A specially commissioned cantilevered pergola and height adjustable movable table, completely free up the space to accommodate any activity.
Help make the garden happen
On Monday 16th March 2020 the RHS made the following announcement; “Following the Government update on 16 March 2020 and ongoing situation with COVID-19, all RHS Shows, Garden Events and school visits will be cancelled with immediate effect until 30 June 2020. “With the Government no longer supporting mass gathering events due to the impactContinue reading “With a heavy heart, St Giles Hospice garden project ‘on hold’.”
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