Project information

Greenfingers Gardens 2010

To develop wonderful gardens to support the children and families who use the services of children's hospices throughout the UK. These gardens can be for play, or for rest and recuperation, for stimulation or simply a delight in nature.

12 months

Charity information: Greenfingers Charity

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  • Need


    Children and their families whilst in hospices receive wonderful medical care and support, but often they need somewhere else to be a family together. A Greenfingers garden offers a specially created outdoor area that adds so much more to their care and support.


    By working with the hospices, Greenfingers use experienced experts to design gardens to meet their needs. Sometimes a play garden is required to include wheelchair-friendly activities or special sensory equipment, allowing siblings to play together and create special families memories. At other times, a Quiet or Reflective garden is needed, allowing nature to provide a calm and soothing environment in difficult times.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1. to support the creation of a quiet garden at Hope House in Oswestry


    » By working with the hospice, develop a suitable planting scheme to provide the ambience required at their new Family Bereavement Centre

    Success will be...raising sufficient funds to cover the cost of buying all the plants required at the site - c. £10,000

    Aim 2

    2. To create a play garden, a coutryard garden and a woodland walk-way at EACH in Ipswich


    » By working with the hospice to develop suitable plans and schemes to create these 3 different areas for their new hospice.

    Success will be...the succesful development of a play garden to fully meet the needs of the new hospice and raising the funds to make it a reality.

    Aim 3

    To re-develop a garden at Douglas House Hospice in Oxford, for the teenagers who use the service.


    » By creating and implementing an innovative design to meet the different needs of teenagers during the time at the hospice.

    Success will be...that through raising £40,000, we will be able to create and install the specially designed garden

  • Impact


    Our project will deliver improved quality of life to all the children teenagers and families who use our gardens. Play gardens will add to the fun and enjoyment of life for the children, together with their siblings and families. Quiet gardens provide a haven to ease the burden of loss, stress and tiredness experienced by many families. Memorial gardens allow families time and space to remember their child. We receive feedback from hospices that demonstrates the success of the gardens.


    The risks affecting these projects are limited. Normally this is around timing issues and whether or not we have the funds to pay for a garden. Until we know we have the funds raised or pledged we cannot commit to beginning a project.


    All donors are invited to attend the opening of one of our gardens, particularly where donors have chosen to support a particular garden. Donors also receive thank you letters and updates regarding the status of the projects, and we recognise their support via our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Hard Landscaping Paths, stones, decking,
      £25,000 Soft Landscaping PLants, topsoil and turf
      £30,000 Contractors Labour, equipment hire
      £10,000 Professional Tree Surgeons, plumbers, electricians, etc.
      £50,000 Play Equipment e.g. Roundabouts, swings, etc
      £20,000 Features e.g. water features, seating, mirrors, etc.
      £20,000 Project Management The cost of coordinating the projects
      £45,000 Central Support PR, fundraising, marketing and finance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Garden Centre Group £50,000 Conditional
    Product Promotions £25,000 Conditional
    Fundraising events £25,000 Conditional
  • Background


    There are three locations: in Oswestry in Shropshire, in Ipswich in Suffolk and in Oxford


    The people benefiting from these gardens will be the children, teenagers and families who use the hospices services in these areas. Children's hospices provide medical support, respite care and social and emotional support for families where a child has a life-limiting disease or condition. Most of these chidlren are not expected to live into adulthood, but their care and support needs can vary enormously.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Greenfingers is a charity set up from the horticultural industry. We began over 10 years ago and since that time have created and installed 29 gardens at children's hospices throughout the UK. We pull on the expertise of our trustees, volunteers and staff to bring the highest quality of design and products to the gardens, and our many years of experience in project management allows us to ensure a project is delivered to a hospice to fulfil its needs in the most effective way.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    RIchard Jackson

    Chairman/Chief Executive. Richard is the founder of Greenfingers and a volunteers. He has been the driving force behind the aims and objectives.

    John Adkins

    Project Manager. John has been in the gardening industry for many years, and consequently is a master in bringing a project to fruition.

    Melissa Wood

    Fundraising Coordinator. Melissa makes sure that all the fundraising events and activities take place, ensuring the funds are raised