A Message from Chris Francis, I am looking for your help...

Earlier this year, I had an idea inspired by the TV show DIY SOS.

I wanted to do something special for our charity partner Wessex Cancer Trust by transforming a garden for one of their clients. At first I wondered if maybe the project was a little too big to take on, then I realized, if anyone can do this, Hillier can. With 72 Chelsea Gold Medals, a wonderful team of horticultural experts and a club full of Gardening enthusiasts, this would be a breeze, wouldn’t it?

A couple of phone calls later and our award-winning Chelsea duo, Sarah Eberle, Chelsea’s most decorated designer and Mark Tomlinson from MJT Landscapes, are as excited as I am about the project and ready to take on a challenge!

Here is where our Gardening Club family comes in, we can’t do this alone, creating a garden is about teamwork, so we need your help, just like DIY SOS!

We’re looking for volunteers to donate their time to assist Hillier in the transformation of a garden to make this family’s dreams come true.

There are plenty of jobs to go around, with anything from the planting, to making the tea. If you met them I’m sure you’ll agree, this family deserve a garden they can enjoy together and we’d love to give them this. 

Meet the Burrells 

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Pippa and Daniel Burrell, who live in Fair Oak, near Winchester, Hampshire. Since 2016 their 2-year-old son Sebastian has been undergoing treatment at Great Ormond Street hospital and receiving support from Wessex Cancer Trust for a tumour he has behind his eyes.

They love gardening and spending time outdoors together and had a lot of ideas for their garden when they first moved in. They’ve inherited a challenge with broken patio and walls, poor lawns and flower beds. It would take them some time to transform this into their dream garden with space to cook and eat, colourful plants, a herb garden and a play area for Sebastian. However, they unfortunately, have not had the time to give to make it into the family area they want it to be, between Sebastian's hospital treatments and working. So we’re excited to be able to step in and give them something to enjoy.

Please give generously to support this amazing family.