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The stunning landscaped gardens here at the Hospice in Pembury have been recognised by Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom – and it’s all thanks to our wonderful volunteer gardeners.
The Hospice is delighted to have been awarded both ‘Gold’ and ‘Winner’ in the Business Grounds category of the annual awards.
The extensive grounds are lovingly maintained by our dedicated volunteer gardening team led by Carole Marks. Supported by Hospice staff, the talented team ensures the gardens are enjoyed year-round by patients, visitors and staff.
Each patient room and many communal spaces overlook the gardens, which feature an array of plants, trees, seating and sculptures to add colour, scent and movement for interest and reflection.
The hard-working team has recently helped to transform the gardens to create more easily accessible outdoor spaces for all.
A Victorian-style greenhouse now ensures that no matter the weather, patients and their families have a sheltered place to try their hand at horticultural activities as part of the Hospice’s Living Well service.
With easy access for wheelchair users and waist-height potting shelves, everyone can now enjoy the therapeutic and social benefits that gardening can bring.
Andrew Stott, Hospice Operations Director, said: “We are so proud that the Hospice has once again been recognised in Tunbridge Wells in Bloom. Our grounds are integral to the home-from-home atmosphere that we strive to create, promoting quiet contemplation, reflection and a safe space for all.
“These awards truly are a testament to the efforts of our wonderful gardening team, who work so hard to ensure that everyone can enjoy and benefit from these beautiful outside spaces year long.”
During the awards ceremony at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells, a cheque for £1309.74 was also gratefully received by the Hospice from Royal Tunbridge Wells Open Gardens, a community fundraising initiative that involves local gardens and grounds opening to the public.
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