Flowers power from Poundbury Gardens to Kingfisher Ward

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Flowers power from Poundbury Gardens to Kingfisher Ward

Poundbury Gardens near Dorchester, part of The Gardens Group of three garden centres (which includes Castle Gardens in Sherborne, and Brimsmore Gardens near Yeovil), has donated 30 plant pots, peat-free soil, fertiliser, bamboo sticks and two watering cans to the team at Kingfisher Ward at Dorset County Hospital.
The children’s ward, dedicated to young people aged 0 to 17 years, is growing its own sunflowers to tie in with this year’s Dorset Sunflower Trail at Maiden Castle Farm. Planting seeds using last year’s crop in containers, the children receiving treatment on the ward are encouraged to grow their sunflowers on the outdoor balcony of the ward, ready for a celebration of the unmistakable sunshine sunflower.
“Growing is such a positive activity for our health as well as for the planet, so it has been a real pleasure to help the Kingfisher Ward with their Dorset Sunflower growing project,” says Jon Nash from Poundbury Gardens. “The sunflower is a joyful and vibrant plant, and the children will be able to achieve a big visual impact with their project. We can’t wait to see the fruits of their labour on display in just a few weeks.”
The concept stays true to the Garden Group’s deep-rooted ethos, created by Mike and Louise Burks, working hard to inspire tomorrow’s gardeners to embrace the great outdoors and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits on offer, while also helping to protect the environment and wildlife.
Due to be held from Monday 8 to Saturday 20 August, the Dorset Sunflower Trail at Maiden Castle Farm is open to the whole family and half of the profits will be donated to each Dorset County Hospital’s Kingfisher Ward and Cherkasy Hospital in Ukraine.

From left: Jon Nash and Katy Bidwell from Poundbury Gardens donating sunflower-growing supplies to Katie Adair-Charlton and Paul Myatt from Dorset County Hospital Charity’s Kingfisher Ward Playteam
From left: Jon Nash and Katy Bidwell from Poundbury Gardens donating sunflower-growing supplies to Katie Adair-Charlton and Paul Myatt from Dorset County Hospital Charity’s Kingfisher Ward Playteam

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