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Doncaster Deaf Trust wants garden enthusiasts to help prepare plants for their first-ever Chelsea Flower Show entry.

The Deaf Trust successfully entered the UK’s most prestigious flower show in the Urban Garden category and will head to Chelsea from May 25 to 29 to compete against the best designers and landscapers around.

The urban garden was designed by award winner Graham Bodle, whose family founded Blaxton-based Walkers Nurseries more than 60 years ago and will be enjoyed after the event by the students and staff at Doncaster Deaf College because it will appeal to their heightened senses.

There will be two secluded seating areas which will have benches facing each other to aid communication, as well as a stunning backdrop of fruit trees and plants to allow sign language to be read easily without being backlit.

The focal point of the garden is a figurative sculpture aptly named ‘touch’ with a stone and steel water feature that will encourage students to touch and feel different textures.

Graham said: “After the event we will again need the help of green fingered Doncaster people to assist us with rebuilding the garden in the grounds of the Trust to help create a lasting tribute.

“We will be looking for people who can spare a couple of hours, days or even a week to contribute towards rebuilding the garden and help out with plant preparation, planting, digging, and general landscaping. All help will be greatly appreciated.”

For further information on how to help call 01302 770325 or 07770 572427.