Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Chelsea Flower Show garden relocated to Isle of Wight Hospice

Chelsea garden Image copyright Earl Mountbatten Hospice
Image caption It has taken six months to recreate the garden in the grounds of the Earl of Mountbatten hospice in Newport

A garden display from the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show has been relocated to a hospice on the Isle of Wight.

Work began in January to recreate the Royal Bank of Canada garden for patients and families at the Earl Mountbatten hospice in Newport.

The garden was designed by Matthew Wilson with curved structures and flowing water to reflect the theme of water use in gardens.

TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh described it as "absolutely beautiful".

Image caption The work was carried out by the Greenfingers charity which develops green spaces for children's hospices

Speaking before performing the opening ceremony, Mr Titchmarsh said: "When you see a garden beautifully crafted for the Chelsea Flower Show, to have one which does translate and transfer to the hospice is a wonderful thing.

"The hospice has the most delightful atmosphere and this garden can only but improve that. What's often forgotten about gardens at hospices is that they are not just respite for patients and relatives, but also for the staff to have a break."

Image caption TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh was at the opening ceremony at the Earl Mountbatten hospice

The hard landscaping and large plants were put into storage after Chelsea before work began to relocate the garden on the island, with new locally grown plants added.

The work was carried out by the Greenfingers charity which develops green spaces for children's hospices.

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