On Saturday, 4 September, Treetops Hospice will welcome visitors to look around its grounds in Risley as the popular National Garden Scheme returns.
From 11am to 3pm, the public will be able to visit the 12-acre site of woodland and grounds, which boasts a small but maturing orchard, pond area and rose garden.
The hospice grounds are maintained entirely by a dedicated team of volunteer gardeners. Over the last year, the team has focused on developing wild areas across the site, including creating a wildflower meadow, a stumpery (made from tree stumps, logs and pieces of bark to encourage plant growth), and the pond, which is teeming with wildlife.
Volunteer Rachel Hobbs said they were “delighted” to be invited to take part once again:
“Our previous two Open Gardens were held in the spring when we had thousands of daffodils on display. By opening in September, visitors can enjoy many of our summer flowers still blooming, including the rose garden, and see the borders brimming with summer perennials and annuals.
“We will be serving hot drinks and have a plant and homemade preserves stall. All the proceeds from these sales will go directly to Treetops. Some of the grounds are wheelchair accessible. Everyone is very welcome, including dogs on leads.”
Admission is £3 per adult (free admission for children), and entrance money goes to the National Garden Scheme, supporting several national charities, including Hospice UK.
Treetops were joint overall winners in the last Erewash in Bloom Gardening Competition in 2018. They were also awarded joint first prize in the ‘Best Business, Commercial and Places of Worship category.
The National Garden Scheme is the UK’s biggest annual celebration of gardening and invites garden owners to open their exceptional gardens to the public to raise money for good causes.