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Spectacular garden gives hospice a blooming £500 boost

Wet weather couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of garden lovers who enjoyed an afternoon of sensory delight and helped to raise £500 for Saint Francis Hospice.
Liz and Mike Thomas in red pagoda - resized
On Sunday July 26th Mike and Liz Thomas gave visitors the chance to enjoy their stunning Brentwood garden with its incredible variety of exotic and unusual plants and flowers, wild meadow, striking red pagoda with a running stream and its unique water features.

"We had a great day and are delighted that all the money we raised will go straight to the hospice," said Mike, 64, a former CEO of Aston Group.

"Some people dressed for the occasion with umbrellas and raincoats.

"There were a lot of compliments about the garden, especially the way we have divided it into sections.

"People thought it was very interesting."Ruin in the wild meadow - resized

Mike said his folly, (pictured) which is a mock ruin at the back of the acre long garden, also impressed visitors, who even had the chance to buy a selection of scrumptious homemade cakes.

Lynda Head, Community Fundraising Manager at the hospice, said, "We are very grateful to Mike and Liz for supporting the hospice by inviting the public to come and enjoy their beautiful garden.

"They may not have had the weather on their side but they went to great lengths to ensure everyone had a wonderful day and even managed to raise a fantastic £500 for the hospice."