(Updated 15.04.2020)

Coronavirus and the St Giles Hospice garden project

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 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

https://www.rhs.org.uk/about-the-rhs/policies/coronavirus-statement

Therefore, as a result of this action, taken in line with Government guidelines, the project to create ‘The Moments that Matter’ garden in support of St Giles Hospice, can no longer be exhibited as a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May 2020, before going on to be relocated as a real-life garden space in the grounds of the hospice in Whittington.

In response to the news St Giles Hospice said;

“We thank everyone for their support and interest in the RHS Garden project – the response has been phenomenal.

“The work Karen Tatlow has put into this project has been amazing and we want to say a huge thank you to her for her commitment, passion and enthusiasm, as well as thanking everyone involved.

“We’re hoping to work with Karen in the future and will keep everyone posted about what’s next when we know and hope we can still call on everyone to get involved.

The project team would like to think we can make this garden happen in some way, at some point in the future. However, at the moment work on keeping the patients and visitors of St Giles Hospice safe, must of course be the priority.

At present therefore, the St Giles garden project is officially ‘on hold’ and we ask everyone involved in the project to bear with us, while we work through the ramifications of the RHS Malvern Festival being cancelled. As next steps become clear we will of course update the project website and share information via the St Giles Hospice Show Garden Blog and associated social media platforms.

Sunflowers

While the St Giles garden project itself is on hold, ‘The Moments that Matter’ metal Sunflowers continue to be on sale. As before, 50% of the proceeds will go directly to St Giles and 50% of the proceeds will go towards funding the garden project. However …

*In response to the urgent need for funds in these unprecedented times, 50% of the proceeds will now go immediately to St Giles and will not be kept on hold.*

50% of the proceeds going towards funding the garden project will be kept in a ‘holding fund’ until such time the garden project can be resurrected. Should the garden project have to be cancelled (a decision that will only be taken in consultation with the St Giles Hospice project team), then all proceeds will be donated to St Giles.

Arrangements for collection will be published once lockdown restrictions have been lifted. Supporters can choose from the following options;

  • Collect your Sunflowers (from Whittington, WS14) after lockdown restrictions are lifted – (details to be confirmed)
  • Leave your Sunflowers with the project team for inclusion in the ‘Moments that Matter’ Show Garden and collect afterwards (from Whittington, WS14)
  • Donate your Sunflowers for inclusion in the ‘Moments that Matter’ Show Garden and then as part of the garden back at St Giles

“I would like to thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart, that has been involved in the St Giles garden project so far. The support we have received from companies, the local community and volunteers, has been nothing short of awe inspiring and I am so very sorry we can’t go ahead right now.

“I would also like to thank everyone for all the many kind messages I have received in response to the news that the show has been cancelled. I hope very much the garden will go ahead in some way and all the work over the last six months will come to fruition at some point.

Karen Tatlow – garden designer
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