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BBC’s Jean Griffin and Strictly Come Gardening return to Haywards Heath

Rogers Ceramics have donated tiles so that local care and nursing homes can make sensory gardens, in conjunction with Strictly Gardening 2014. Centre is Sandy Ellis (Mayor of Haywards Heath) flanked by Jacky Gibbons (Roger's Ceramics) and Jean Finnigan (resident of Maplehurst Nursing Home). Pic Steve Robards

Rogers Ceramics have donated tiles so that local care and nursing homes can make sensory gardens, in conjunction with Strictly Gardening 2014. Centre is Sandy Ellis (Mayor of Haywards Heath) flanked by Jacky Gibbons (Roger's Ceramics) and Jean Finnigan (resident of Maplehurst Nursing Home). Pic Steve Robards

Strictly Come Gardening is coming back to Haywards Heath for 2014.

The popular celebrity panel will return, chaired by Jean Griffin of BBC Radio Sussex, and she will be joined by Daily Telegraph gardening guru Helen Yemm.

Helen will also open The Orchard Shopping Centre event in Haywards Heath on Saturday 10 May.

In conjunction with Haywards Heath in Bloom, tile supplier Rogers Ceramics in Haywards Heath has donated a huge array of tiles which can be used by local care and nursing homes to create garden mosaics.

The are being delivered now so that work can begin straightaway. The end results will be displayed at Strictly and the best ones presented with a prize.

Mid Sussex District Council has given Strictly a Spotlight Grant, alongside a grant from West Sussex County Council, so that the care and nursing homes can be given the materials to create their own Sensory Gardens.

The Strictly Schools Challenge is back as well with a competition for each age group along with the exhibition of everything you might want to know about gardening.

Last year’s ‘Edible Metre’ proved so popular with local schools that they have insisted on this being run again for 2014, helping to educate another generation in sustainability.

There will also be stalls and entertainment from local groups.

To get involved contact Orchards manager Nicola Bird on 01444 410 620 (NBird@fandcreit.com) or Ruth de Mierre on 01444 453 399 (ruth@i-d.co.uk).

Pictured are: Sandy Ellis (Mayor), Nicola Bird (Orchards Manager), Claire Todd (Strictly Organiser), Jacky Gibbons (Roger’s Ceramics), Dean Wadey (WSCC), Campbell Lyle (Owner Maplehurst Nursing Home), Issac Theophilos (Manager Maplehurst Nursing Home), Jean Finnigan (resident), Belinda Ease (Activities)

 

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