Greenfingers Charity begins work at Rainbows Hospice!


Early this week work officially began on the new Remembrance Garden at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in the East Midlands – the first Greenfingers garden to be created following the easing of the nationwide lockdown. 



This garden designed by VaRa Garden Design and supported by the landscape team at Alfresco Landscaping, will ensure this very special and unique place continues to be a peaceful space where families can visit, reflect and remember. The brief set by the hospice staff was to create “a garden which will reflect the beauty of each child whose memory is held in this space”. The Remembrance Garden has been redesigned to optimise the existing footprint, whilst sensitive expansion plans will add new areas of interest and more places for families and staff to come to remember those that lost their brave fight against illness.


With work now underway it will only be a matter of months before families and hospice staff can enjoy new paths which will create a journey through the garden, as well as new trees and seating which will help to create quiet corners for peaceful reflection. Increased planting and sculptural elements, along with a water feature will help to soften the noise around the garden.


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Light & Living of the Netherlands acquires the business and assets of Parlane International Ltd


Light & Living (Lightmakers B.V.) of the Netherlands is pleased to announce that it has purchased the business and assets of Parlane International Ltd. Founded 50 years ago, Parlane is widely recognised as one of the leading UK brands offering exclusive home decor accessories, homewares, as well as extraordinarily realistic faux flowers.


Parlane’s range of exclusively designed and sourced products, along with its long history of offering handcrafted, traditionally produced items perfectly complement Light & Living’s collection. The combination will ensure that UK retailers have an even wider range of products to choose from out of a collection designed to be on-trend, affordable and of high quality.


“We are thrilled to partner with Parlane’s team in Light & Living’s new phase of growth in the UK & Irish market. We are very excited for the future of both brands. We are committed to offer our UK & Irish customers the most comprehensive collection of products and look forward to working closely with the Parlane team going forward” said Robin Vlug, CEO of Light & Living.




Umbellifer teams up with the horticultural charity Perennial

Greetings card brand Umbellifer has teamed up with the horticultural charity Perennial, meaning that a proportion of profits from the sale of Umbellifer's 2020 range of Christmas cards supports the charity's important work in helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough.


The 12 beautiful designs were created by artist Stephen Lennon who set up the botanical cards and prints business three years ago and has seen it flourish. Stephen says, "Perennial is the perfect fit with Umbellifer and it's a charity I feel very strongly about, having worked in horticulture myself and seen how people can struggle, financially, physically and mentally, in a business so dependent on increasingly unstable weather. My work is inspired by my love of plants and the Umbellifer range is a celebration of both garden plants and British wildflowers. Perennial helps the gardeners and garden industry workers who make British gardens world famous – what a great cause to support!”

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Contemporary gifts from Posh Paws

Whether it’s a gift for a special someone, a friend or family member, Posh Paws have a range of high-quality, contemporary plush toys that are suitable for a variety of occasions!


For those looking for an on-trend alternative to traditional gift ideas, look no further than Swizzels Love Hearts collection from Posh Paws. The range is full of brightly coloured ‘characters’, each with their own individual message and offer the perfect pick-me-up plush toys. Best-sellers include Alan the Avocado, Betty the Bunny and Mikey the Monkey from their current range. New for the summer season, Posh Paws have introduced an entertaining new range of ‘Foodie Friends’, with topical and fun messages including; “Donut Worry”, “Fries Before Guys” and “Have a slice day”. There really is Love Hearts gift for everyone and every occasion!

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