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Hillier’s garden revamp for tot with cancer

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Sebastian and family’s haven to be created by volunteers

A toddler suffering from cancer and his family are to benefit from a garden makeover from RHS Chelsea champions Hillier Nurseries.

Since 2016, two-year-old Sebastian Burrell has been undergoing treatment at the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, as well as receiving support from Wessex Cancer Trust.

Wessex Cancer Trust is the charity partner of Hillier, which wanted to put its horticultural knowledge and expertise to good use to do something special for the charity.

To support Sebastian and his parents Pippa and Daniel Burrell, who live in Fair Oak, near Winchester, Hillier has launched a garden renovation project.

DIY SOS-inspired project

The firm and its suppliers have offered their services and a team of more than 100 volunteers will work on a DIY SOS-inspired project to transform the Burrell’s garden.

The garden will be created by 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.

Hillier Gardening Club logoThe family loves gardening and enjoy spending time together outdoors.

They had plans to transform their back garden but Sebastian’s illness and hospital treatments have meant that the revamp has fallen to the bottom of the to-do list.

Transforming a garden

Chris Francis, Hillier Garden Centres and Wholesale Nurseries director, said: “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!”

For more information, to follow the journey or to join the team of volunteers, visit www.hillier.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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