10 May 2018
Yorkshire children with life-limiting illnesses have a new ‘escape’ from their hospice care to look forward to – with a creation of a jungle adventure garden.
Part of the grounds of Martin House Childrens Hospice now resemble Borneo more than Boston Spa after volunteers from two companies transformed the area.
Linley & Simpson, the residential sales and letting agents with 16 branches across North and West Yorkshire, teamed up with Harrogate-based The Garden Keepers to revamp part of the rural estate that had become overgrown and neglected.
In just one day, a team of seven rolled up their sleeves for their mission ahead creating a jungle garden for all the children and their family and friends who are supported by the hospice.
All the materials were donated and everyone involved in the makeover volunteered their time for free.
It was the second time the two companies had teamed up to add an extra dimension to the hospice grounds the green-fingered partnership created a wildlife garden last year.
The result was a thriving habitat for declining species, such as butterflies, bees and hedgehogs, in a quiet area of spare land.
Emily Wilkinson, who coordinates Linley & Simpsons programme of community support said: Martin House is now our staffs long-term charity of choice, its work inspiring all of us to help in whatever way we can.
The type of relationship enables us to better understand the future goals of the charity and contribute to its success in achieving them. Everyone on both sides of the partnership gets to know each other better and feels a sense of ownership of what we are all doing.
As well as aiming to raise another £18,500 for them this year, the hospice also benefits from our staff volunteering programme and the jungle garden provided a great opportunity to put our skills and time to the best possible use.
Nick Palmer, of The Garden Keeper, said: It is always a privilege for us to be invited to help create these gardens. Both my business partner, Andrew, and I have kids and we are lucky that they are fit and healthy.
The work carried out by everyone at Martin House, including all the fundraisers and volunteers, is incredible. Without them, life would be so much harder for these families.
Life as a gardener or landscaper most certainly has its ups and downs but this day will go down as one of the best - and we are already looking forward to next years project!
Matthew Ward, Head of Facilities & Health and Safety at Martin House, said: Our hospice is lucky enough to have extensive gardens, and children, young people and their families enjoy spending time outside when they stay here.
We couldnt keep them so well-maintained without the help of volunteers, and we are very grateful to staff from both companies for coming out and working so hard to make this area look so appealing.