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Whilst the north wind does blow GROW has been busy behind the scenes.

Happily we are well underway towards our next project, a resting garden adjacent to Outpatients in Grantham Hospital. Under their own initiative, and long before GROW was around, Outpatients staff were busy making their own improvements to a neglected eye sore outside their waiting room.

Elaine and her team in Outpatients have been busy raising money over the last couple of years for a garden, and have already built raised flower beds to hide some of the uninspiring weeds. But they need serious help!

Many of us have spent time in outpatients waiting for a diagnosis or answers to anxious questions. How much nicer it would be if patients could sit outside in a calm garden, enjoy a cup of tea, and relax in a peaceful environment rather than in a grey and gloomy waiting room.

The design for the garden uses tall ornamental grasses to create divisions which will provide both secluded areas and special places for Mediterranean planting with lavender and Rosemary, a reminder of quiet summer days. How much better would that be before our blood pressure test!

The design has been sent to landscapers to get quotes to find out exactly how much money we need to raise. The difficulty with this project is that the garden is right in the middle of the hospital so all materials will have to be taken through by hand and this means the work must take place at weekends.

But thanks to donations and help from many GROW supporters we already have £10,000 in the pot. We would love it if you could tell friends about our projects so we can spread the word and raise more funds to build many more gardens in the hospital

You may have seen our recent progress on the Ward 6 garden at Grantham and District Hospital in the Grantham Journal or on BBC East Midlands Today. If not read on for a brief update of where the money GROW has raised this year is going.

Completed planting scheme in the Ward 6 Garden

The recent wet weather may have been causing havoc on the roads and in the towns but it has been fantastic news for the new planting scheme in our Ward 6 garden.

With the hard landscaping completed at the end of August, we had to wait until Autumn to put the plants in to avoid any last minute heat waves having diverse effects on their health.

One sunny Tuesday in mid-October was the perfect time to get the job done! Fortunately (for us) it was dry for the big planting day followed by many, many, many rainy days to water it all in and give the soil a good chance to settle around the roots before the onset of early morning frosts.

Lots of plants to get in!

Lots of plants to get in!

The team worked their socks off to get in 300 plants and 500 bulbs but the result come spring next year will be well worth all of the effort! Flowering shrubs, perennials and grasses will give scent, texture and movement with something to see all year long.

We can't wait to see patients, visitors and staff making the most of this garden (when the weather finally improves!)

The garden is scheduled for an official opening in May 2020 when it will be in full glorious bloom! Watch this space…

Completed planting scheme Ward 6 garden

For more information on how you can help with our next project visit our JustGiving page.

On 20th October, John and Judy Tinsley have kindly offered to open their magnificent arboretum to view the wonderful rich autumnal colours for the first time.

The 10-acre garden has over 250 species of trees, a 150 of which are spring flowering cherries revealing their unusual rich colours. The garden is beautifully designed with paths that gently lead to a tranquil lake.

A new sunken lavender walk has been created to join the house to an avenue of Prunus. There is also a seating area with a view of a striking horse sculpture. Why the horse? John and Judy’s increasing thirst for unusual trees meant the horse paddocks had to make way. As John says “It seemed a fitting tribute”.

Sequoiadendron giganteum Pendulum

One of the most striking specimens is a pair of trees that look more like two ostriches having a conversation than members of the giant redwood family .

However, the real show stoppers for this time of year include the Sweetgum Liquidamber stryraciflua ‘Lane Roberts’, whose leaves turn a magnificent blood red; the Red Maple, Acer Rubrum; another bright red specimen, together with a beautiful purple unnamed variety bought by Judy’s father; and Euonymous europaeus red cascade and the Tulip tree Liriodendron tulipifera which turns an incredible butter yellow.

Please come and see John and Judy’s garden – a walk outside amongst these beautiful trees gives a feeling of wellbeing, which is exactly what our hospital gardens do for patients .

There will be a wonderful collection of cakes and hot cup of tea at the end of your walk.

The Garden opens from 2 – 5pm on 20th October 2019.

Garden entrance is £5.00 which includes your raffle ticket to win a Prunus 'Tai Haku', (The Great White Cherry).

The garden is situated on the B1188, Lincoln to Branston Road, next to a sign marked 'Tinsley Farms' 203 Lincoln Rd, Branston, Lincoln LN4 1NS.