11 July 2005
The Spalding committee for the charity Action Medical Research was celebrating after all their hard work on a small garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last week resulted in an RHS Bronze Flora medal in the Small Gardens category for the team.
The theme of the garden, created by local designer Liz Dixon-Spain from DS Designs, was Paddington’s Marmalade Garden, in recognition of the charity’s mascot Paddington Bear and his love of marmalade sandwiches.
Another great boost to the garden has been the number of high profile celebrities who stopped by to admire the stunning design. Michael Bond and Radio 2 DJ Sarah Kennedy, MBE joined Paddington Bear in the garden to admire the design and help raise awareness of the charity. Other visitors to the garden included Action Medical Research patron Fiona Bruce, who stopped by to lend her support and give Paddington Bear a cuddle, and Chris Tarrant and David Gower who stopped by for a marmalade sandwich and stayed to enjoy the design. Perhaps the most high profile of visitors, however, was HRH The Earl of Wessex, who chose to visit the garden as part of the Charity Gala evening on the first day.
The garden’s marmalade colours are created in part by the yellow and orange hues of the Touching Lives rose, which is being launched at the Show to raise vital funds for Action Medical Research. This new rose variety symbolizes the many lives the Charity has touched over the years. The Charity’s latest campaign, Touching Tiny Lives is raising funds for vital medical research to help sick and vulnerable babies. The committee created the garden in the hopes that after seeing this stunning garden, many other people will be interested in sandwiching a little bit of marmalade in their own garden and buy a Touching Lives rose to support Action Medical Research.
Petronella Keeling, Regional and Spalding Committee chairman said:
”We are delighted with the result of a bronze medal. It is a great achievement for the whole committee, especially our designer Liz and our project manager Margaret Rowe, and has also helped us a great deal in raising awareness of the charity and the great work it does.”
Spalding committee member Tracy Hull made a very valuable role for the garden’s success – her family’s company, Nursery Fresh Plants Ltd, nurtured all the plants for the garden and built and donated all the hard landscaping needed for the design. Lucksbridge Nurseries, Alpine Grass Nursery of Pinchbeck and Birchgrove Garden Centre also donated plants, and Select Timber Products supplied the timber. Donations were made for the garden from companies throughout the region, including significant support from Helping Hand – the BT Staff Charity Fund at Adastral Park and the Scotts Company (UK) Ltd.
However, the Action Medical Research garden will not cease to touch lives once the show has been packed away – the garden is being moved to The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, where is will be open for the enjoyment of staff, patients and their families. The Trust is currently planning a special opening party with the Action Medical Research committee to celebrate their new garden, and will be inviting many other high profile guests of their own.
If you would like to order the Touching Lives rose, please visit the Love4Plants website at www.love4plants.com
or telephone 01767 310888.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Members of the Spalding Committee are available for photographs and for interview.
A variety of photographs are available, including images of HRH The Earl of Wessex, Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, Fiona Bruce, Sarah Kennedy MBE, David Gower, Chris Tarrant, the Spalding committee in the garden, the Touching Lives rose, the garden on display, and the original sketches of the garden.
For more information about Action Medical Research, please contact:
Zoë Mitchell, PR Officer, Tel: 01403 327404, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the garden launch at Ipswich Hospital, please contact:
Jan Roswell, Communications Manager, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Tel: 01473 704770, Email: email@example.com