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FIREFIGHTERS from Withington and Moss Side community fire stations replaced their hose reels with spades in a bid to help transform the garden at Royal Manchester Children's hospital.
As part the NHS’s 70th anniversary celebrations, Alan Titchmarsh and the team got together for their biggest project yet - to create a sensory garden for children and their families being treated at the hospital.
Crews mucked in for a special edition of ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’ filming after the team were in desperate need of some extra support to ensure the garden was finished in time.
Working alongside partners at North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Police, crews assisted with the finishing touches in the sensory garden. The pressure was on to complete the transformation for the final filming shots and the big reveal to staff, children and their families.
From planting flowers to shoveling soil and cleaning down the trucks, Blue Watch Manager at Moss Side, Daniel Smith praised the crews for their hard work on the day. He said: “It was a really good project to be a part of and it’s great to be able to give something back to the local community.
“The garden will be a brilliant addition to the hospital and will bring so much happiness to the children and their families. They all now have a wonderful garden to look out on and it’s great to see how we all pulled together to make it happen.”
The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is the biggest single site children’s hospital in the country. The vast empty area in front of the hospital – where Love Your Garden team created the new garden presented a huge challenge to all involved, as it is bigger than all of the domestic gardens created in the last series put together.
The sensory garden will be an invaluable space for the children to spend time with their families – just in time for spring. A big thank you to the crews that helped with the transformation.
The programme aired on ITV last night (May 22). You can watch the transformation of the garden on catch up here.