Open Garden for ECH

A Macclesfield couple, who have moved home no less than 32 times, are now well and truly rooted to the healthy benefits of their back garden in Birtles Road.

Kate and Graham Tyson are looking forward to opening up their garden to a group of invited guests from East Cheshire Hospice on Friday (August 18).

The pair have chosen to invite patients, staff, volunteers and anyone else who has had an association with East Cheshire Hospice in memory of a relative, Greg Philips, who was a patient there before his death in January.

“After so many house moves, it’s been wonderful for us to create our own space and we’re looking forward to sharing it with others,” says Kate who along with Graham started redesigning their garden three years ago. “I find a garden a great place for contemplation and hope others will do too,”

The open garden is part of the first ever Gardens and Health Week run by the National Garden Scheme .The couple previously opened up their garden over a weekend in June this year and were keen to take part in the National Garden Scheme’s new initiative which is designed to promote the positive impact gardens can have on health and wellbeing as highlighted in research conducted by the Scheme last year.

Kate, who has worked at John Lewis for the past 18 years, agrees that gardens can be relaxing, contemplative spaces.

"I love everything about the garden and we can be out there for hours – sometimes working and sometimes just sitting back and enjoying it ,” says Kate. “It’s not a very big garden but its south facing and things grow well. We have trees, flowers, fruit bushes, a pond, drystone walls, a shed and my husband’s favourite – a rose garden. “It’s full of colour and lots of different scents– I love to experiment and am always moving things around. There’s also some wildlife – frogs and newts – and we’re excited to share our garden with others.”

Kate and Graham will also be offering refreshments to visitors in their garden on Birtles Road on Friday afternoon.