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SPRING INTO GARDENING

Based at their head office in Cheltenham, WellChild is the national UK children’s charity making it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, wherever possible.

There are more than 100,000 children and young people living across the United Kingdom with serious illness. With 32 nurses posted around the United Kingdom, WellChild play a crucial role in enabling children to leave hospital and be cared for at home, reducing the practical, emotional and financial impact for families.

Through generous support from kind hearted people and business, WellChild are now delighted to be announcing the go-ahead for a nurse to support children and young people in Gloucestershire.

Fitting for the season of Spring, we attended an evening of gardening inspiration and style, in support of WellChild the national charity for sick children. Held at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Spring into Gardening was hosted by Camilla Bassett-Smith of the BBC, opening with questions and answers with RHS Chelsea Garden Show gold medalist Olivia Kirk.

The main stage was rich a vast rich display of diverse plants, shrubs and flowers, supplied by Wyevale Wholesale Nurseries and arranged by our very own Caroline Tatham of Cotswold Gardening School and RHS Malvern Garden Show gold medalist Kate Durr.

Kate and Caroline, also known as the celebrity gardener duo Tatham & Durr, took the stage for the main subject of the evening ‘what not to plant’, giving professional advice and opinions to the keen gardener guests.

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“…’Winterscapes’ are starting to trend now. More and more plant breeders are breeding plants that will stand well through Winter …Increasingly clients are asking us to plan how their gardens will look during Winter. They want to incorporate tall elegant plants that give you a silhouette through the Winter months, so your garden really will give you year-round interest …It’s actually really good for the Wildlife in your garden, because you’re providing seed for gold finches, but also habitats for creatures like ladybirds…”

Towards the end of the evening an auction was held, making over £500 for the WellChild charity, where excellent prizes from Highgrove, WWT Slimbridge, Laithwaite’s Wine, and many more, were won by generous and lucky guests.

WellChild would like to say thank you to everyone who played such an important part of helping them to make their Spring into Gardening such a successful event.

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