Sheffield mental health charity to take part in first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Sage Greenfingers volunteers and clients have worked together on the container for the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
Sage Greenfingers volunteers and clients have worked together on the container for the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
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A Sheffield mental health charity will exhibit among horticulture's finest at a top gardening event tomorrow.

Sage Greenfingers, based in Burngreave, will be part of the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show when it begins on Wednesday.

The charity, which supports adults with a range of mental and physical health needs through horticulture therapy sessions, won its place in the 'Perfect for Pollinators' container competition.

The entry is bursting with leaves, colour and scent, and features an 'Airbnb butterfly hotel' in the centre to attract passing insects and bugs.

The container will join 29 others to form part of the first RHS flower show to be staged at Chatsworth.

Sage director Diana Tottle said: “We think our entry showcases the uniqueness of our charity supporting adults with mental health needs via the less conventional therapy of gardening.

The butterfly-shaped 'bug Airbnb'

The butterfly-shaped 'bug Airbnb'

"Members have really enjoyed nurturing the plants and we are keeping fingers crossed for an RHS gold medal at Chatsworth on prize-giving Wednesday”.

The RHS - or Royal Horticultural Society - invited community groups across the country to create containers featuring plants that look stunning and attract a wide range of insects to assist with pollination.

Sage staff, volunteers and members pooled memories of scented flowers, and spent several weeks planting and nurturing them to fill a container.

Besides the colourful flowers, the stand-out feature of the display is the use of the Sagelogo and fantastic pollinator shaped like a butterfly.

At work in the greenhouse.

At work in the greenhouse.

Members created ceramic butterfly labels for every plant, and suspended above the colourful array is the butterfly-shaped bug hotel for any passing insects who fancy spending a while in the container.

Sage is based in Burngreave and on a weekly basis supports up to 60 adults through its horticultural therapy sessions, singing workshops and training.

The charity is funded by the Big Lottery, Comic Relief, The Lloyds Foundation and a range of smaller trusts and the fundraising efforts of our supporters.

Diana added: "Securing this place in the first ever RHS flower show at Chatsworth is a unique opportunity to raise the profile of what we do and reach out to more supporters."

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