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Compton Care to put colourful gardens on display virtually

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A Black Country hospice has invited its supporters to explore colourful gardens from the comfort of their own home.

Compton Care's Garden of Reflection has been showcased.

Compton Care, based in Wolverhampton, will showcase videos from different green spaces in the area on its website.

It will reveal the beautiful gardens – and will go behind the scenes to explore the secrets behind them – for free of charge.

But supporters have been asked to make a donation if they enjoy the Secret Gardens project to help it continues to run its vital services.

The hospice's very own Garden of Reflection, positioned in the grounds of Compton Hall, have already been put on display.

It will be joined by others this month and August – including a prairie and wildflower garden for chair of trustees Ros Keeton and colourful sites of Upper Meadowley Farm, near Bridgnorth.

Leonie Hudson, community fundraiser, said: "We wanted to celebrate the fact that so many people have been growing fruit, vegetables and flowers during lockdown, many of them for the first time.

"We have brought together inspiring videos and images of local gardens, gardening-themed competitions and quizzes, as well as a live Q&A and top tips. We hope that there will be something within the Secret Gardens website for everyone to enjoy.

“We are also conscious that few people ever get to see the lovely Garden of Reflection at Compton Hall and wanted to share that with our local community. We hope that people will enjoy the website and maybe consider holding their own ‘real-life’ open garden event in aid of Compton Care next year."

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The website will also offer a range of competitions, gardening ideas for children and quizzes suitable for all ages, along with a Q&A session with BBC Gardener's World presenter Darren Rudge.

The charity is asking people to join in the fun and upload photos and videos of their own gardens to its virtual garden wall, with a prize awarded to the favourite.

Supporters are also being asked to organise their own secret garden event in aid of Compton with a real-life secret garden series planned for 2021.

To view the online gardens – and to submit photographs and videos – visit comptonsecretgardens.org.uk

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Senior Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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