Chorley based, Hedges Direct, supported by the Foresight Group, have been proud suppliers to ITV’s Love Your Garden since 2013, helping to transform the gardens of some of the most deserving homeowners in the UK. However, in 2018, an extremely special episode will be airing as part of ITV’s line up of dedicated programmes to celebrate 70 years of the NHS in which a stunning selection of trees and plants donated by Hedges Direct will form part of an exceptionally unique garden at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
The garden will in part be dedicated to the bravery, positivity, and memory of all those affected by the Manchester Arena bombing a year ago, many of whom were children and were treated at the hospital at the time and some for whom treatment is still ongoing. It’s a space which has been much needed as the hospital, which is the largest single site children’s hospital in England, hasn’t had a designated garden at all until now.
As a North West based company for whom Manchester holds a special place as a much-loved city, Hedges Direct were especially honoured to be part of the project which will see an oasis of colour, texture, shape and function created as both a fitting memorial to the positive spirit of the people of Manchester but also a wonderful multi-functional space in which children and their families can find a relaxing, beautiful haven to enjoy and heal.
Hedges Direct supplied a number of plants for the garden including large Box Topiary Balls and Box Instant Hedging Troughs along with some elegant White Barked Birch Trees and striking Pleached Hornbeam Trees. Grown with a long clear stem and branches trained onto a framework, pleached trees are also known as ‘Hedging on Stilts’ and grow to form high level screening providing areas of shade on sunny, warm days.
The company’s ability to support such projects has been enhanced significantly through Foresight’s support of the Euxton Group BIMBO in 2016 which has enabled the rapidly growing business to further drive sales in the landscaping and gardening market through improvements to the website, whilst simultaneously raising the brand’s profile within the marketplace and wider horticultural community. Hedges Direct is now a trusted, long-standing partner of Love Your Garden and actively involved in three prestigious RHS garden shows this year as a sought-after sponsor and supplier. The company is a leader in its target market and Foresight are working closely with the management team to create further value within the business and continue the rapid growth seen in recent years.
This Love Your Garden NHS Special will air on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack on May 22nd at 8pm on ITV.