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13 Sep 2018 Community

Kirkwood Hospice awarded GOLD at prestigious Yorkshire in Bloom

Kirkwood scooped the highest possible accolade at the Yorkshire in Bloom Awards this week. The Kirkwood team claimed a Gold award for its beautiful gardens in a glittering awards ceremony held at York Racecourse – at the very first time of asking.

Kirkwood Hospice was delighted to pick up a Gold Award from Yorkshire in Bloom this week. As part of the largest horticultural campaign in Europe, to be awarded the highest prize is a huge achievement for the entire team at Kirkwood, especially considering this is the first year they have entered.

Kirkwood Hospice, one of the only entrants from Huddersfield, was entered into the Charitable Establishments category and was judged on criteria such as horticultural, environmental and community factors.

Catherine Bickerstaff and Susan Wood proudly holding the Gold Award

 

Excelling on its quality of plants, wildlife, all year round interest in the garden and its local identity and sense of place and heritage, the gardens were ultimately awarded Gold – the highest possible accolade.

As well as being a beautiful backdrop for everybody who visits it to enjoy, the Kirkwood gardens provide a vital space for a wide range of activities and events for patients, families and volunteers all year round.

From day-to-day activities for patients including garden boules and spiritual therapy, to the annual garden party for Carers, and many major fundraising events, the gardens have become a true community facility which provide a space to improve quality of life for those at Kirkwood.

Kirkwood Hospice is indebted to its committed team of Volunteer Gardeners, who dedicate a lot of time and effort to keeping the grounds in immaculate condition all year round.

The judging panel praised Kirkwood for its landscaping, as well as how the grounds are used.

They commented: “The gardens serve the Hospice in many ways, being used for patient therapy, visitors to relax and providing space for events.

“The main garden has been landscaped to a very good design and standard, which in turn is being well maintained. When viewed from the terrace, the full beauty and functionality of the garden can be seen. Congratulations to the staff and volunteers who carry out such excellent work.”

Representatives for Kirkwood, Susan Wood and Catherine Bickerstaff, attended Tuesday’s Award Ceremony at York Racecourse and were delighted with the result.

"On behalf of the whole Kirkwood team, a massive thank you goes to everybody involved in helping to make our gardens so special all year round." Susan Wood

Susan said: “It was so nice to attend the ceremony on behalf of everybody involved, and a great opportunity to meet other entrants to spread the word of Kirkwood Hospice. We all share the ethos of Yorkshire in Bloom which is to make the environment for all of our patients and visitors a better one.

“On behalf of the whole Kirkwood team, a massive thank you goes to everybody involved in helping to make our gardens so special all year round, and to everyone involved in making sure Kirkwood brought home the gold!

“This thank you extends to all those who have gone above and beyond this year to keep our gardens looking fantastic and making them a peaceful, pleasant place for all to use.”

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