Show-stopping gardens planned for Hillington hospice site

Crane Garden Buildings are helping to design the Norfolk Hospice gardens at Hillington. ANL-150119-093345001

Crane Garden Buildings are helping to design the Norfolk Hospice gardens at Hillington. ANL-150119-093345001

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Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House is set to have some show-stopping gardens at its Hillington site thanks to a local company which will exhibiting at 2015 Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows.

Crane Garden Buildings, based at Narford, is already helping to design the hospice gardens where the plants from the 2015 flower shows will be permanently relocated.

There is a critical shortage of palliative care beds in North and West Norfolk and the new hospice plans to open eight much-needed beds within the purpose-built facility. The gardens and grounds of the hospice are viewed as an integral part of creating peace and tranquillity at a very difficult time in patients’ lives.

To allow the gardens to be enjoyed all year round, Crane Garden Buildings will also be donating summerhouses, which will provide quiet retreats for patients and visitors.

Plant growers, Robin Tacchi Plants of Diss, have also offered to help the hospice and by donating plants for the gardens which, alongside those donated by Crane Garden Buildings will help to cover much of the five-acre site.

Designer for Crane’s, Peter Mortin, will be drawing up plans for the grounds, and planting with the help of the joiners and carpenters from Crane’s factory.

The hospice is appealing for local volunteers to help with this massive planting scheme. If other companies feel that they can help in anyway with donations of plants or landscaping materials, please contact Peter Mortin at peter.mortin@cranegardenbuildings.co.uk

Mark Shea, commercial director for the hospice said: “We have been very lucky recently with many local organisations offering to help landscape the grounds. The hospice is truly grateful for the support we have received, particularly from Crane Garden Buildings who are not only donating plants and

summerhouses, but are also helping with the designs and planting.”