Chester-based landscape design company, The Cheshire Garden, has designed a conceptual show garden to commemorate Chester-based charity, Children Today Charitable Trust’s 25th anniversary.
Having been awarded silver in their first ever show garden at the RHS Tatton show in 2017, with their ‘Remember Me’ Dementia Garden, in conjunction with Mid-Cheshire Hospital’s Charity, Jane Bingham of The Cheshire Garden and penny Hearn, of Planting with Penny, are going for gold this year!
Jane Bingham, comments: “We saw what an amazing impact the garden had raising awareness about the charity’s cause in 2016, and ultimately funds for the charity itself as a result, after being featured on national and local news. So, we wanted to link with a charity for our second garden at Tatton. The work of Children Today really touched us and we wanted to be able to share their story.”
Children Today founder, Hugh McCaw, comments: “We’re delighted that Jane and Penny have chosen to work with Children Today on this project.
“Ultimately, of course, our objective is to raise funds for equipment for children. However, we know that spreading the word about what Children Today does and how we help is crucial in generating the vital funds required for specialised equipment, which is so often prohibitively expensive for families but essential for the well-being and happiness of their children.
“Now in our 25th year we really want to shout about how we’ve helped children like Angel, who has a rare congenital condition known as Dandy-Walker syndrome leaving her severely disabled. We’ve funded multiple pieces of equipment to improve her quality of life and help her interact with her brother and sister. Perhaps more important though is spreading the message of what we plan to achieve over the next 25 years!”
Jane Bingham comments: “We’ve designed a garden, which tells the story of the challenges faced by those that Children Today supports and celebrates the charity’s success in helping children with disabilities to live life to the max. Children Today’s brand colours and kite motif can be clearly seen within the design in the form of sculptures and plants, and from above a child enjoying using the equipment is revealed.”
Penny Hearn adds: “We’ve chosen five key plants to feature which are symbolic of courage, patience, strength, gratitude and joy – all emotions which the children that Children Today helps will have experienced.”
The Cheshire Garden, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for its application for the prestigious RHS Tatton Show. The designers aim to raise £10,000 to fund the garden, which will be displayed at the RHS Tatton Show in July 2019.
The highest donor will be awarded two complimentary tickets to the RHS Tatton Show in July, with afternoon tea for two.
Following the show all plants and other items included in the garden will be auctioned off on the last day to raise additional funds for Children Today.
To donate to the campaign visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thecheshiregardenforchildrentoday or to find out more about the campaign contact Jane on firstname.lastname@example.org.