Lovingly created from thousands of knitted and crocheted creations, the special show garden will be raising funds and awareness for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, home to the only hospice inpatient beds in the county of Gloucestershire.
The garden is the creation of Clare Young, whose husband Ken was cared for at the hospice. Following Ken's death, Clare took up knitting to help manage her post-traumatic stress symptoms and she began knitting items to sell and raise funds for the hospice.
In Spring 2017, she teamed up with a group of friends to yarn bomb a thank you message to the hospice and this led her to receive an invitation to create a special knitted garden display for RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018 in support of the hospice.
The creation has 'wool-balled' with a number of groups, organisations, knitters and celebrities from across the three counties' area and beyond creating a Work of Heart for the hospice charity garden, where Clare aims to raise £50,000 for Leckhampton Court Hospice.
what is the work of heart garden?
create a work of heart
As part of the Work of Heart Garden, 10,000 'Works of Heart' - small knitted or crocheted hearts - are being created by local knitters, community groups and celebrities.
These will be available for visitors to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival to place on trees around the 'Work of Heart' garden in return for a donation to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, making this a living and growing display over the course of the festival.
Send your work of heart
Please send your 'Work of Heart' to:
c/o Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice
Cheltenham GL53 0QJ to be received by 7 May 2018.
Please also check your postage and weight to ensure that the hearts make their final destination.
We would love you to share your pictures of your heart creations with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Please ensure you tag us and use the hashtag, #WorkofHeartGarden too.
learn to knit with us!
We're running a series of 'Work of Heart' workshops across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire with the support of local community and knitting groups and venues.
At these special drop in sessions you will be encouraged to pick up your knitting needles or crochet hooks to learn a new skill and create a 'Work of Heart' for the knitted charity show garden.
We will be announcing dates of our workshops very soon - please check back and keep an eye on our social media profiles for updates!
Alternatively you can make a donation to the Work of Heart Garden in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice via Just Giving.
leckhampton court hospice
Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice provides expert palliative and end of life care for people aged 18 or over. Every year it supports over 600 people and their families from right across Gloucestershire.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 May 2018 at Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Visitors can expect a celebration of gardening with award winning gardens. Tickets on sale now.
Please get social with us and follow us on your preferred social network - we'll be showcasing hearts and more, so please get involved!
garden is a work of HEart!"
The work of heart garden is a unique installation appearing at the rhs malvern spring festival at the three counties showground from 10 - 13 may 2018.
The Work of Heart Garden would not have been possible without the support and funding of the following individuals, groups and organisations - we would like to thank:
Barnwood Trust - Sparks Grant for wool and needles for knitters;
Red Lemon - logo design and website design and build;
MIJ Wools - donation of wool and a space for our knitters;
The following WI Groups - for donating their skills and time:
Longlevens, Kingswood Abbey, Mitcheldean/North Dean, Hempstead, Chase, Prestbury, Highnam, Ampney Crucis, BMS, Chedworth, Staunton, Chedworth, Oxstalls, Gotherington, Bishops Cleeve, Southfield, English Bicknor, Aylburton.
and many more to come!
garden is a work of HEart!"
With many thanks to BBC Points West for sharing our Work of Heart Garden on the news recently.