Derian strikes gold at Chorley Flower Show

Blooming marvellous volunteers from Derian House are celebrating after winning gold at Chorley Flower Show.

The Chorley-based children’s hospice was awarded the gold standard in the Community Garden category, at the event this summer.

The show garden aimed to celebrate the people of Derian – the children, young people and their families, as well as the hard-working staff and volunteers.

It also showcased the important role gardens play at Derian, adding to the experience of families who come to the hospice not only for specialist care, but also to take time to rest, reflect and make happy memories.  

The whole Derian community pitched in to help, with staff helping with the design, children and their siblings making the colourful artwork and helping planting, and volunteers growing the plants. It was all hands to the pump for the final assembly.

Volunteer gardener Mike Jackson, said: “We were absolutely thrilled with the judges’ comments. They described our entry as ‘four gardens in one, with lovely planting and lots of work’ and I think they summed it up perfectly.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “On behalf of myself and all of our children and young people I want to say a huge thank you to the volunteers who have worked incredibly hard to make this happen. Their dedication is just fantastic and we are very lucky to have them.”