Award winning garden smiles on the hospice

Award winning garden created by Erica Ward will be installed at the Forget-Me-Not Children's Hospice with the help of staff from Hallmark in Brighouse.
Award winning garden created by Erica Ward will be installed at the Forget-Me-Not Children's Hospice with the help of staff from Hallmark in Brighouse.

STAFF from Hallmark in Brighouse will be installing an award winning garden at the Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice.

Yorkshire gardener Erica Ward joined forces with Hallmark to develop her garden and received a prestigious RHS Silver medal for the unique garden installation she created for BBC Gardeners’ World Live.

Her idea was inspired by the company’s key objective - bringing people closer together.

The ‘Growing Closer’ concept was something the judges picked up on straight away, stating that the sheer sight of the garden brought a smile to their faces.

Kate Goldring, partnership development manager at the hospice, said: “We are thrilled to have the support of Hallmark as their local charity of choice and to kick the relationship off with such a special donation is fantastic.

“We are a brand new hospice and the garden donation will really add to the grounds for the very special children and families who will be using the hospice in the coming years.

“We can’t say a big enough thank you to Erica and the team at Hallmark”

Using recycled materials and reclaimed tools sourced from her allotment, Erica created a sense of community in her entry as well as forming a space that encourages people to stop and relax.

The focal point of the garden is a metal tree which also acted as a time capsule for the artwork of school children.

“I have always loved gardening and creating inspiring spaces that people can share and enjoy together,” said Erica. “With this latest installation I wanted to create something that would really grab the visitors’ attention and make them smile so I opted for bright, chaotic planting and unexpected, recycled materials.

“It was a fun and interactive space and I’d like to thank Hallmark for all their support in making my vision a reality.”

Tamsyn Johnston-Hughes, Hallmark’s PR and social media manager said: “As a company we are constantly looking for opportunities to support the local community, so we were thrilled when Erica approached us.

“Our business has been built on bringing people together and Erica’s design captured that philosophy perfectly.

“We’re incredibly proud to be have played a part in this project.”

Members of the Brighouse Hallmark distribution centre and Erica will install the garden at the hospice in Brackenhall later this month.