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Gardens to open in support of Derian House

Your local children’s hospice is opening its gardens to the public for the first time. Derian House Children’s Hospice is taking part in the National Garden Scheme, giving members of the public a rare opportunity to visit its colourful and fun outdoor spaces. Each year the National Garden Scheme invites garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public, giving people unique access to beautiful and memorable gardens while raising money for charity.

Gareth Elliot, Gardener at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re really excited to welcome visitors to our gardens and hope they will enjoy exploring the different areas as much as the delicious homemade refreshments available on the day.”

The Chorley-based children’s hospice provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people from across the North West and South Cumbria. The gardens at the hospice help to create an atmosphere of relaxation, tranquillity and joy. The Smile Park is an inclusive adventure playground, allowing children using wheelchairs to play alongside their siblings and make precious memories. This area plays host to activities all year round, including the annual sports day event. The Memorial Garden offers a quiet space for reflection. At the centre of this traditional garden is a water feature surrounded by flower beds which burst into bloom in the spring with perennials including Rhododendrons and Phlox alongside Forget-Me-Nots and Roses. The Seaside Garden is a natural space festooned with ornamental grass, and features a large wooden ship, HMS Danni, which provides many hours of fun for the children.

The children’s bedrooms open out into a courtyard which houses the Sensory Garden which is full of the sights, sounds and textures of nature. The gardens at Derian House are much-loved not only by the families using the hospice, but also by staff and volunteers who use them during break times, as alternative meeting rooms on sunny days, or just somewhere to find a moment of peace during emotionally difficult days. The care provided at Derian House is free for families, but services cost £5 million to run every year. With only 12 per cent of funding coming from the government, the charity relies heavily on its supporters.

Open: Sunday 9th May, 9am – 5pm

Admission: £3

Book your tickets: Home - National Garden Scheme (ngs.org.uk)