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Gloucestershire hospice hosts popular open gardens event

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Sue Ryder gardens Leckhampton
13 June 2024
Sue Ryder gardens Leckhampton

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice will be showcasing its stunning gardens later this month as it opens its gates to the public as part of the National Open Garden Scheme.

The hospice, which houses the county’s only inpatient unit just outside Cheltenham, will be opening its gardens to visitors on Sunday 23 June, between 11am and 4pm.

In addition to exploring the spectacular grounds, which surround the Grade 2* Listed Cotswold Manor house, visitors will be able to enjoy the newly designed feature garden area, recently remodelled thanks to a generous grant from the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

Designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal-winning designer, Peter Dowle, the newly finished area features a mix of trees, shrubs and an eye-catching rose bank which will provide year-round colour and interest.

Admission on the gate costs £5 and children go free. Light refreshments and plants will be available in support of the hospice and visitors can also picnic on the hospice’s back lawn. Parking is free. 

Elise Hoadley, Hospice Director explains, “Our beautiful gardens provide a quiet haven for patients and families going through their hardest times, with areas to reflect and remember loved ones. We are thrilled to be sharing our stunning grounds as part of the National Open Garden Scheme once again and look forward to welcoming people to our wonderful hospice.” 

David Bills, Head Gardener at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, adds: "We have a team of up to 30 dedicated volunteer gardeners, who work tirelessly to maintain the extensive hospice gardens, orchard, lake and woodland for the enjoyment of patients, families and staff. After all the rain we’ve had lately, everything is blooming so there’s never been a better time to come along and visit us! We’ve currently got roses, foxgloves, poppies, salva, hydrangea, cosmos and a vast array of grasses and shrubs in flower.”


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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