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Crest Nicholson gifts RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival plants to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford

Representatives from Crest Nicholson with Head Gardener

Housebuilder, Crest Nicholson has donated over 50 different species and varieties of plants from its award-winning wellness themed garden to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.


The plants, which are now located around the hospital grounds for the community to enjoy, were originally part of Crest Nicholson’s Livewell Garden which won a Silver Award at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July. Those gifted include nectar rich species selected to attract a wide array of wildlife as well as shrubs, herbaceous, grasses, ground cover, and wild strawberries.


Andrew Dobson, Managing Director at Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects, said: “Inspired by Crest Nicholson’s Garden Village Principles, the concept of our Livewell Garden at RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival was to aid the wellbeing of the community, providing a sensory space, surrounded by wildlife, which people of all ages would benefit from. With this in mind, it is very fitting that the plants be gifted to Broomfield Hospital for the whole community to enjoy; we are delighted that the plants have gone to such a loving and worthy home.”


Richard Hughes, Grounds and Gardens Manager at Broomfield Hospital, comments: “We would like to extend our thanks to Crest Nicholson for gifting these beautiful plants to the hospital. They have already taken pride of place in various locations around the hospital and are being enjoyed by staff, patients and visitors alike.”


The Livewell Garden, designed by David Jarvis Associates and built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces and Writtle University College in Chelmsford, was designed to promote mental and physical wellbeing, with a variety of flexible areas and breakout spaces. It will be replicated at Charter Park, the housebuilder’s proposed new residential development to the west of Chelmsford. The development will create up to 900 new homes, a care home, new primary school, retail facilities and an ecological park. The first homes are expected to be complete in spring 2022.


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