An Inglewhite woman will this weekend open the garden she created with her late husband in both tribute to him and to raise funds for the charities which supported him.
Vivienne Fairhurst, of the Barn on the Green, will welcome visitors to her ‘oasis’ from 11 am to 4 pm on each day of the Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday through to Monday, May 23rd to 25th), asking adults to pay an admission of £4.50 and children over the age of five years £2 to raise money for both Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Cancer Help, Vine House, Preston.
The two charities supported Vivienne’s husband Arthur, who was diagnosed with
myeloma, a cancer that affects cells in the bone marrow.
Arthur died last July but over the 20 years he and Vivienne shared at the Barn on the Green, the
couple worked tirelessly together to transform what was just a grassy field
when they first moved in into a breathtakingly beautiful collection of ‘outdoor rooms’.
These rooms, designed by Arthur, span over an acre. Features include a rose garden
room complete with Koi Carp pond, a woodland area with a riverbed, patio
and summer house, a ‘hot’ border of orange, red and purple flowers planted in
memory of the couple’s golden retriever, and touchingly, a wedding border of
white, pink, cerise and lilac flowering plants, which the couple began in 1997
when they married and which friends and family contributed to as wedding
Vivienne said: “We both loved gardening. When we first moved here, the
garden was our oasis, somewhere to escape to evenings and weekends as
we both worked crazy hours. We took semi retirement about seven years ago,
which meant we had more time to spend on it and so began opening it for
charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme.
“When Arthur died, friends encouraged me to continue with garden and rallied
to help. So this year, although I’m not taking part in the scheme, I’m opening it
as a tribute to Arthur and to raise money for the local charities that were there for him.”
Besides garden tours, Vivienne and friends are planning a raffle, cake and
plant stalls. Refreshments are also on offer but at nearby Inglewhite Chapel,
which is where she and Arthur married and which is opening up especially in
support on the Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.
Next door neighbour the Green Man pub will also be serving teas and coffees on
all three days in support of the Barn on the Green event. Both venues are
offering toilet facilities to garden visitors. To reach the garden by SatNav, its
post code is PR3 2LP.
* Rosemere Cancer Foundation fundraises to bring world class cancer
treatment and services to local cancer patients via their local hospital, as well
as the region’s specialist Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston. It works to buy
vital equipment and fund research and training that the NHS is unable to fund.
It also works to provide free access to complementary therapies for all those
going through treatment and make the surroundings in which treatment is
given more patient-friendly.
Cancer Help runs Croston House in Garstang and Vine House in Preston. It was created to fill the gaps that existed in the health service’s treatment of cancer patients and their families. From humble beginnings in a church hall the charity now has two day centres and offers a range of support, advice and care to cancer patients, their families and carers.It says: “Cancer Help aims to support cancer patients, their families and carers through the impact of cancer diagnosis, the effects of the disease and the side effects of its treatment. To do so the charity offers a wide range of free services from simple advice to nurse led treatments and complimentary therapies.”