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Hospice gardens get a makeover thanks to business group

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 05:00 20/12/2013
Hospice Gardens

ELBOW GREASE: Members of BNI Takapuna work on the gardens at Hospice North Shore.

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Thanks to the back-breaking work of volunteers the Hospice North Shore gardens are almost complete.

Members from Takapuna based business networking organisation BNI spent November 23 sprucing up the tired gardens at the hospice headquarters on Shea Tce.

The work follows a BNI fundraising event that raised more than $5000 used to buy plants for the new garden.

Landscaper Bruce Robinson, director of Lanzpec, led the project.

"We're looking at getting noise and site protection from the road by planting a hedge.

"Inside we'll use existing plants and introduce new ones - flowering plants that will liven up the garden with colour and fragrance," he says.

The Sir Robert Muldoon Memorial Garden, which are built on land the former prime minister helped hospice to buy in 1992, also received a much needed makeover.

"Sir Robert was a garden enthusiast who loved camellias and azaleas so these will remain and we'll add some more companion planting to boost the foliage in this area," Mr Robinson says.

An irrigation system will soon be added to finish off the project.

Hospice North Shore fundraising manager Moira Marcroft says the work could not have gone ahead without BNI.

"We're only partially funded by the government, so we're reliant on groups like BNI supporting us with donations of time and money.

"Having Bruce's expertise and his ability to source plants at a wholesale or lesser rate is enormously valuable," she says.

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