Our Primrose room garden at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice has undergone a full renovation thanks to support from Greenfingers Charity, a national charity that creates beautiful outdoor spaces for children in hospices and their families to enjoy.

The garden was originally planted by Greenfingers around 10 years ago and had become in need of some TLC. The space had trees that had become a little overgrown, limiting the light to the plants growing underneath them. It was in need of a fresh makeover. 

Work began in April this year when existing garden beds were cleared, trees were felled to add light, and the patio and pathways renovated. Further planting to complete the transformation took place in May when the Greenfingers team returned armed with masses of plants and volunteers ready to create a peaceful and comfortable space for families. 

               

At around 180 square metres, the Primrose garden includes a patio area and a woodland shaded garden, where the new plants have been added. It sits directly outside the Primrose room, one of two special bereavement rooms at the hospice where families can spend time together and say their final goodbyes. 

Our much-used private gardens provide a sanctuary for families during their stay, a secluded space away from our main gardens, giving them a chance to pause and reflect in private. Many families have told us just how important our gardens are for their health and wellbeing, and how crucial it was for them to have some private outdoor space.

Jane Jeffery, Head of Facilities and Estates at Bluebell Wood, said, ‘We’re so pleased with the transformation of the Primrose garden and are grateful to Greenfingers Charity for helping to make it possible. The results are testament to the hard work from everyone involved in creating such a calm and beautiful area for our families to spend quality time.’

The garden’s renovation also comes at an important time for the hospice as we continue to grow our services for the families we support. Looking ahead, families choosing end of life care at the hospice will be able to access this dedicated outdoor space directly from the Primrose room.  

This special green space, along with our larger gardens, will be looked after by members of our volunteer team, who are all keen amateur gardeners, with support from our Facilities team and hospice gardening group.