Introducing the Work of Heart Garden

The Work of Heart Garden is the first full-size knitted show garden installation in the world. Appearing at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018, this unique attraction is being created in support of our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. 

The full-size 4 x 4m show garden will be lovingly made from thousands of knitted and crochet creations, raising funds and awareness for hospice care and Leckhampton Court, which is home to the only hospice with inpatient beds in the county of Gloucestershire.

The garden is the creation of Clare Young, whose husband Ken was cared for at Leckhampton Court. After being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and anxiety following Ken’s death, Clare was encouraged to pick up knitting by her therapist as a way to help manage her symptoms.

Clare began knitting items, which she sold to help raise funds for Sue Ryder, and in spring 2017, she teamed up with a group of friends and knitters to yarn-bomb a special thank you message in the grounds of our Leckhampton Court Hospice.

It was this knitted display that led her to receive an invitation to create a special full-size knitted garden display for RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018 in support of Leckhampton Court.

What is a Work of Heart?

As part of the Work of Heart Garden, 10,000 ‘Works of Heart’ – small hand-knitted or crocheted hearts – are being created.

These will be made available for visitors to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018 to place on trees around the Work of Heart Garden in return for a donation to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, making this a living and growing display over the course of the festival.

The creation has ‘wool-balled’ with a number of community groups, organisations and knitters, who are creating a Work of Heart for the hospice charity garden.

Calling all keen knitters!

Would you like to contribute a knitted or crochet heart to the garden? Download a free pattern and grab your needles! Then, when they're ready, simply pop them in the post.

Please send your Work of Heart to: Clare Young c/o Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Church Road Leckhampton Cheltenham GL53 0QJ. Please note that hearts need to be received by 7th May 2018.

We would love you to share your pictures of your heart creations with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Please ensure you tag us and use the hashtag #WorkofHeartGarden too.

Visit and support the garden

You will be able to view the installation at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, which is taking place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern from 10th to 13th May 2018.