Heart of England News

Record Crowd For Hope House Hospice

A record crowd of keen gardeners arrived at the British Ironwork Centre on Sunday for the company’s annual plant hunters’ fair, now in its 3rd year.

With a huge amount raised for Hope House Children’s Hospices and an unprecedented amount of support, the event was a tremendous success.

The Centre played host to the some of the most highly respected nurseries in the country as well as small specialist growers, we also welcomed Dr. Steve Reynolds, one of the region’s expert on plant problems, he focussed on offering advice about plant diseases and health issues, how to combat bugs and more.

Other attractions included Shropshire Wildlife Trust and of course live music , from a teenage “Effervscent “ three girl singer / song writer group.

Each exhibitor was exclusively invited, allowing us to offer those in attendance a truly great variety of plants, lovingly grown by experts.

The fair proved to be an inspiring day for all visitors who were able to browse the unique plants and specialist nurseries, while enjoying the brilliant and iconic surroundings of the metal safari trail. After exploring the grounds and wonderful choice of horticulture on offer, visitors finished with a hot drink & delicious choice of cake at our lovely garden terrace café, while trying to resist the new selection available at the luxury chocolate counter!

With onsite florist, Budding Delights, and blacksmith demonstrations, not to mention a chance to buy plants grown and sold by knowledgeable specialists the fair offered the perfect family day out for all ages.

The visitors were not put off by yesterday’s heavy showers, the visitors embraced the inclement weather and took shelter wherever possible resuming their exploring as the sun burst through again.

It’s now widely known that the Ironworks is drawing in visitors to the town and area from a wider and wider distance, yesterday saw visitors from as far afield as Manchester and Lincoln, national TV coverage and the Knife Angel project being the main driver.

Mr Knowles, British Ironwork Centre Chairman, said: “The sculpture park is proving to be Shropshire’s favourite, any families receiving family and friends to stay always bring them here.

“We are so proud that we are chosen to represent the county by so many and it enables us to collect record amounts for Hope House Hospice regularly. I understand that there isn’t another attraction or company in the county using its popularity to benefit a charity in this way and according to Hope House this is unique.”

The Next Plant Hunters fair is in April 2018