Willow Garden Project

Willow Garden Project

The Willow Garden Project in Fleetwood has WON the BBC North West Tonight Garden and RHS Tatton Flower Show competition! Willow Garden Project is a Fleetwood charity which has developed a community garden for adults with a disability and people with mental health needs to enjoy. What an amazing achievement for Fleetwood!

Willow Garden Project are the Winners!

Willow Garden Project were announced as the winners on BBC NW Tonight on 15 June 2018.

Dianne Oxberry said: “We chose Willow Garden Project as it is a life enhancing, positive project and really does make an impact on the community, which is exactly what we were looking for.”

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Pamela Laird from Willow Garden Project said: “It’s not often the adults we support would get a chance to go to Tatton Flower Show to experience working on a show garden with a professional designer and we are really so excited about it.”

More about the RHS and BBC Garden Competition

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and BBC North West Tonight launched a competition for a community project to work on a professional show garden at RHS Tatton Flower Show. AND the lucky winners get to keep the garden after the show.

The North West Tonight Garden is inspired by the poem ‘Up Here’ by Manchester based writer and performer Tony Walsh. It’s been designed by Cheshire based award winning garden designer Janine Crimmins.

Take a look at the plans for the garden –

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Plans for the Willow Garden Project BBC and RHS Competition garden

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The garden is designed to draw people together in a space of calm and will feature a wealth of iconic North West elements including a mosaic of the Manchester Bee.

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Plans for the Willow Garden Project BBC and RHS Competition mosaic of the Manchester Bee

Poignant words from ‘Up Here’ will be engraved on locally sourced stone throughout the garden. A new rose, which is being launched by local grower Fryer’s Roses in memory of Saffie-Rose Roussos, who tragically died at the Manchester Arena attack, will feature prominently in the planting.

More about Willow Garden Project

Willow Gardens is a growing community garden, primarily for people with a disability and people with mental health needs.  It’s a registered charity, offering users the opportunity to benefit through healthy outdoor activities in gardening and horticulture.

WGP ongoing aims are –

  • Promotion of healthy eating
  • Encourage physical activity
  • Uniting the community together
  • Boosting confidence and self esteem
  • Help motivate the next steps to a healthy lifestyle
  • Working to engage, enthuse and support people take action on environmental sustainability

It’s an exciting project and the team has made amazing progress

Willow Garden provides opportunities –

  • Enjoying and relaxing in the sensory garden
  • Taking part in creative workshops
  • Exploring the natural environment
  • Composting and recycling
  • Qualification opportunities in partnership with Mysercough College

Weekly sessions take place on Tuesday and Thursdays, with morning and afternoon sessions.

Take a look at their website here.

For more information or if you would like to book a place at a session contact Pamela on 07807 743 800. Please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

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