Treetops Hospice Care are delighted to announce they are joint winners in the Erewash in Bloom Gardening Competition thanks to their dedicated volunteer gardeners.

Erewash in Bloom is Erewash Borough Council’s annual gardening competition and the hospice was awarded joint first prize in the ‘Best Business, Commercial and Places of Worship’ category.

Treetops, based in Risley,  provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life limiting conditions living in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

We are so thrilled – it’s a great feeling

Sarah Butcher, volunteer head gardener said:

“We are so thrilled – we couldn’t believe it! It was the first time we’d entered the competition and it’s really exciting – a great feeling. We don’t think of it as hard work really, we all just enjoy coming and gardening.

“Next year we’ll enter again and into the Best Wildlife and Environmental category, as we’ll have our new pond established by then.”

There are fifteen volunteers who maintain and develop the 12.5 acres of grounds and woodlands at the hospice based in Risley.

Whatever the season, our grounds are always a joy

Cheryl Webster, Treetops Support Services Manager said:

“We’re delighted to see the hard work and commitment of our wonderful band of dedicated volunteer gardeners recognised by this award.

“Whatever the season, our grounds are always a joy, for staff and volunteers, but most of all for those who come to the hospice to use our services. A huge thank you to the whole team for all they do for Treetops.”

The results were announced at a presentation event at Morley Hayes Golf Club on Friday 5 October. The competition features a range of categories and attracted 135 entries from individuals as well as schools, businesses and community organisations.

Treetops services include Support and Information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.