Hillier rescue cancer victims garden

Two year old Sebastian Burrell, from in Fair Oak, near Winchester, has been having treatment at the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital and also getting support from Wessex Cancer Trust. He and his family have been chosen to receive a complete garden makeover from the Chelsea Flower Show world-record holder, Hillier Nurseries, this summer.

Wessex Cancer Trust is the charity partner of the Hampshire based company which wanted to put its horticultural expertise and expertise to good use to do something special for the charity and a local family.

To support Sebastian and his parents Pippa and Daniel Burrell, Hillier has started a garden renovation project. In July, Hillier and its suppliers who have offered their services, and a team of over one hundred volunteers will embark upon its very own DIY SOS inspired project to transform the Burrell’s garden and make an outside space for the family to enjoy.

The Burrell’s love the outdoors and enjoy spending time together in the garden. They had plans to completely change their challenging back garden which was in dire need of some attention into their dream family haven. However, Sebastian’s illness and hospital treatments, as well as work and family commitments, have seen the garden has fall to the end of the to-do list.

Chris Francis, Hillier Garden Centres and Wholesale Nurseries Director, explained: “Here at Hillier, we all wanted to do something special for our charity partner, Wessex Cancer Trust, by transforming a garden for one of their clients. When we met the Burrells and heard their story, we couldn’t wait to do this for them. At first, we wondered if maybe the project was a little too big to take on, then we realised, with 73 Chelsea gold medals, a wonderful team of horticultural experts and a members club full of gardening enthusiasts if anyone can do this, Hillier can!”

The garden will be created by Hillier’s Chelsea designer, and the most decorated designer in Chelsea Flower Show history, Sarah Eberle, and Mark Tomlinson from MJT Landscapes, who builds Hillier’s award winning Chelsea gardens.

For more information about Hillier’s garden transformation project, to follow the journey or to join the team of volunteers, please visit www.hillier.co.uk.


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