Macmillan Cancer Support’s garden at the 2022 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in Richmond, West London celebrates the kindness of normal people who present a future of wish for those coping with cancer.
Created by London garden designer Sean A Pritchard– who won a silver gilt medal at last year’s Harrogate Flower Show– Macmillan’s Legacy Garden informs the story of how leaving a gift in a will can help to offer assistance for people dealing with cancer in the future.
The garden’s symmetrical design reflects how one act of kindness motivates another, and official, straight lines echo the sense of structure and stability that Macmillan supplies to people with cancer– typically at times of deep unpredictability.
Somewhere else in the garden, a self-filling water function symbolises the importance of giving to the ongoing important work of the charity. A focus on 3s throughout the space– 3 levels, paving patterns, shrubs, benches and pergola structures– symbolizes how gifts in wills account for a third of Macmillan’s fundraised income, providing crucial funds for the charity’s work [i] Kindly planted borders likewise offer a home for wildlife.
All the bespoke structures throughout the garden, including a decorative pergola and benches, bring the message ‘present the future’, encouraging visitors to consider what they can do today to influence a brighter tomorrow for people living with cancer.
There are three million individuals living with cancer in the UK, and with this number expected to rise to 4 million by 2030 [ii], it’s more important than ever to guarantee Macmillan’s services exist to support people, both now and in the future.
The Macmillan Legacy Garden will be on display at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival between the 9th and 4th July. The plants and flowers from the garden will be replanted at Windrush School in Greenwich, South London to guarantee their tradition can be delighted in after the show.
Windrush School has been fundraising for Macmillan given that 2008 after one of their teachers Maralyn Willmot, who had actually been operating at the school for 26 years, lost her fight with cancer. Having actually raised ₤ 70,000 over the 14 years, the garden designers have actually agreed to upgrade the school’s own memorial garden for Maralyn with the plants and flowers from the program.
Sean A Pritchard, Macmillan Legacy Garden Designer, stated: “The chance to develop a garden for Macmillan, a charity near to many people’s hearts, was something I leapt at. The garden is a metaphor for Macmillan’s support and the function we can all play in providing. It’s an honour to work on a design that intends to move people to act in the most favorable of ways. Cancer has actually touched a lot of our lives in some way, and I hope this garden provides visitors the area to contemplate how they can make a real difference to future generations impacted by cancer by leaving a present in their will for Macmillan.”
Kinga Kun, Legacy Promotions Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, stated: “We are delighted to be working with Sean again for this year’s Legacy Garden at Hampton Court Palace. We hope that visitors delight in the garden, and it influences more people to think about how Macmillan has assisted them, and how they can make a long lasting difference to people dealing with cancer too. The number of individuals living with cancer in the UK continues to rise, so every present, however large or little, is essential. We are hugely grateful for the public’s generous continuous support.”
Macmillan is here to do whatever it requires to support individuals coping with cancer, however we can’t do it without your aid. Any gift, little or nevertheless big, will help futureproof essential services for people with cancer, now and for years to come.
To find out more about leaving a gift in your will to Macmillan call 0300 1000 200 or visit macmillan.org.uk/ legacies.