Learn about the contest that a certain Poole hospice is rooting for you to enter…
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care has launched a Virtual Glorious Gardens competition this week in a bid to find some hidden treasures across Dorset. It’s open to everyone, so if you’re proud of your patch — big or small — why not give it a go?
The competition will run throughout June, with categories including Best Allotment or Vegetable Patch, Best General Garden, Best Small Creative Space, and Best Children’s Garden Picture or Artwork.
Adults can enter for £5 per category, while children aged under 12 can take part for £2.50. All fees can be paid via a donation online to Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s JustGiving campaign page. Then send an email to email@example.com with a photo of the garden (or artwork in the case of the children’s category). Don’t forget to specify which category you’re entering for! Entrants are allowed a maximum of two photos per category, in colour or black and white, and can enter all four categories.
Tom Goodinge, Director of Fundraising at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, explained the motivation behind this competition:
“We thought if people can’t go and visit each others gardens lets bring the gardens to them in another way. Gardens of all shapes and sizes can be entered. Even if you have a little balcony garden we want to see it! Our marvellous, green-fingered supporters will be featured in the Bournemouth Echo throughout July and a guest judging panel will make the final decisions on the worthy winners.
“If you are lucky enough to win the top spot and be crowned one of Dorset’s most glorious gardens, you will be featured on the winners page in the Echo and receive a prize. ”
Tom concluded with some encouraging words on why people should get involved:
“We’re rooting for everyone to join in on the competition — at this time of year gardens really come into their own. They are adding some much-needed enjoyment and respite during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are vital spaces for well-being and a way to battle the boredom during this time. We cannot wait to see people’s entries, so please submit your garden photos for us to share with the rest of Dorset!”
Local Garden Centre Donates Plants for Patients’ Well-being
In keeping with the horticultural theme, Lewis-Manning received a donation of 50 annual plants from Stewarts Garden Centre this week. To offer a little enjoyment to the patients, rather than allow them to languish in their currently-closed stores in Christchurch, Broomhill and Titchfield, Hampshire.
Ruth Burnhill, Director of Clinical Services at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, said:
“We are delighted to accept this offer and the plants will be dropped off safely during home visits. Patients will be able to enjoy a sense of well-being that comes when they can see these spring blossoms beginning to flower… It will mean a lot to our high-risk patients.”
Paul Hilliam, Centre Manager at Stewarts’ Christchurch branch, who underwent surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer in 2013, added:
“Due to this unprecedented situation, we have had to make the difficult decision to close our centres. However, we are running a new online service for certain goods such as plant bundles, compost, furniture and barbecues, available from our website. The Stewarts team very much look forward to reopening and welcoming our customers back once we’re allowed to do so.”
Stewarts’ Managing Director Martin Stewart also commented, “Lewis-Manning Hospice Care provides incredible support for patients throughout Dorset, and these plants flower repeatedly making a cheery addition to any garden or small space for patients to enjoy.”
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