Blooms of hope: the gardening groups delivering smiles during lockdown


From Wales to Walthamstow, volunteers are unearthing the healing power of nature, and connecting communities

In the coming weeks, surprise bouquets will be delivered to people around Widnes, Cheshire, who need a pick-me-up. Blooms will go to, among others, care homes, cancer patients and the local hospice, with the aim of spreading the message “there is a light at the end of tunnel, spring is coming, it’s going to change, hang in there”.

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The bunches of tulips and daffodils will be arranged and delivered by members of voluntary organisation Wonky Garden, which was set up to harness the therapeutic power of nature. “We can deliver smiles across the community,” says the group’s co-founder Angela Hayler.

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