The National Garden Scheme is the country’s biggest annual celebration of gardening and invites garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public to raise money for good causes.
Treetops Hospice Care provides nursing care and emotional support for adults, their families and carers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire free of charge.
On 29 April, from 10.30am to 4pm, the public will be able to visit the 12 acre site of woodland and grounds which has been developed over the last ten years taking into consideration the needs and fundraising activities of the hospice. The grounds boast thousands of daffodils and raised wheelchair walkways.
Working really hard to get the grounds ready
A team of twelve volunteers work twice a week, every week of the year, to ensure the grounds look their best for patients, visitors and staff. Sarah Butcher has led the ‘Garden Gang’ at the hospice for over 13 years as she explains:
“Treetops supported my family eleven years ago when my husband Tony was terminally ill. I wanted to help them in return so I became a volunteer.
“When I was asked to put together a group to tidy the front borders, I never in my wildest dreams did I think we would tame the 12 acre site!
“Many of the original garden volunteers are still working here twice a week to this day and we have formed a great supportive team. They are working really hard to get the grounds ready and I would like to thank them all for their hard work.
“Opening the garden and seeing it in the National Garden Scheme is like a dream come true as I never thought it would be possible to achieve the acceptable standard required.”
Admission is £3 per adult (free admission for children) and the entrance money goes to the National Garden Scheme which supports several national charities including Hospice UK.
Visitors to Treetops will be able to enjoy light refreshments and a plant stall. Dogs on short leads are welcome.
For more information please visit the event webpage.