Gardener’s World presenter unveils new garden at Keech Hospice

PUBLISHED: 09:19 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:53 18 July 2017

The Keech Hospice Courtyard Garden after the transformation work.

The Keech Hospice Courtyard Garden after the transformation work.

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Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost has transformed a hospice’s drab concrete yard into a colourful garden paradise for seriously ill adults and children.

The official opening of the new Keech Courtyard Garden. The official opening of the new Keech Courtyard Garden.

The Courtyard Garden, is a joint project between the Greenfingers Charity and Keech Hospice Care, which supports children from Beds and Herts, and adults from South Beds.

The garden, which had remained relatively untouched since the hospice opened 26 years ago, has been transformed into a vision of bright colours.

Adam said: “I hope it surprises people to start with and then puts a smile on their faces. It’s a space people can use in many different ways.

“I didn’t want to be too clever, but it’s not just any place we are creating. It’s a space that mums and dads and their kids will use and where patients can look out to when they’re being cared for and having their complementary therapy.

Adam Frost at work transforming the Keech Courtyard Garden. Adam Frost at work transforming the Keech Courtyard Garden.

“I’ve tried to bring the wildlife and the garden inside the hospice and give patients here at Keech Hospice Care a place that is calm and reflective,” he added.

Keech chief executive Liz Searle said the new garden will give patients and their families a space to relax at a time in their lives when it matters the most.

“It’s the perfect place to just sit and be still. It provides a beautiful space for the opportunity of reflecting, relaxing and escapism not only for patients but also our excellent care team and volunteers. At a time when a person needs peace and quiet or when families want to sit, laugh and make memories – Adam’s garden will be there.

“We all love the bright colours of the garden as we are a hospice full of life! It’s a real oasis, it’s magical. We’ll be showing it off to the public at KeechFest on Sunday, 10 September 2017 as we invite everyone to join us for an afternoon of live music here at Keech Hospice Care.”

The garden was designed by Adam Frost and Homebase Academy students working with landscapers Bespoke Outdoor Spaces.

Keech Hospice Care, which relies on the community for 70 per cent of the £5.6 million it needs every year to survive, applied to Greenfingers Charity for the garden back in 2015 and was awarded funding raised by Homebase through the 5p carrier bag tax.

The Courtyard Garden will be open to the public to view at KeechFest on Sunday September 10. Tickets are limited for the event which also features an afternoon of live music and can be brought at www.keech.org.uk/keechfest or 01582 707940.

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