Picturesque gardens ready to welcome visitors

2nd June 2015

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Residents of the beautiful picture-postcard village of Wichenford in Worcestershire are gearing themselves up to welcome thousands of visitors to admire their gardens on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st June.

The biennial event has built up a loyal following of garden fans who return year after year. The weekend raises funds for village organisations and for St Richard’s Hospice.

For just £5 admission covering both days 11am to 6pm, visitors will be able to wander around at least 23 gardens admiring the colourful mix of flowers and shrubs in a variety of perfectly kept village gardens to large spectacular gardens of several acres.

Morning coffee, full lunches, afternoon teas and an all-day bar will be available and visitors can discover market stalls and garden sales of plants and local produce, as well as admire the sculpture garden.

To add to the activities visitors can also visit St. Laurence Church, the local heritage WW1 exhibition and South Worcestershire Bonsai Society exhibition.

Alan Green from Wichenford, said: “Everyone has been working incredibly hard to ensure the gardens are in tip top condition and make a splendid show. Visitors come from all over and we are determined to given them a wonderful weekend. ”

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St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.