Caroline Howell-Williams, General Manager of Trelawney@Ashford in Barnstaple, said: “We wanted to do something a bit different for Shed Week, which takes place from July 1 until 6, and to involve our crafty visitors in the project in aid of our Charity of the Year, the North Devon Hospice.
“We’re asking people to drop in eight inch by eight inch squares, made from different materials, and including different patterns, for us to attach to one of our sheds. Once the shed is covered it will be a wonderful sight to see and a fabulous art piece.
The squares can be made from any material and can be knitted, painted, drawn or sewn with any colours or designs people choose. They should then be dropped off at our Craft Centre and our expert team will attach them to the shed ready to display for Shed Week.”
On Saturday, June 7 people will be able to attend a drop in session at the Craft Centre between 10am and 4pm and have a go at making squares for the display with help and advice from the craft team. The session will be free to attend.
During Shed Week the decorated shed will be put on display in the garden centre and people can visit and try and find their entry. As part of the week the garden centre will also be collecting donations for the North Devon Hospice and leaflets about the charity will be available for people to take away. There will also be representatives from the garden centre’s shed and greenhouse suppliers available to chat to customers.
Caroline added: “People of any age and craft ability are welcome to take part. Visitors have from Sunday, June 1 until Monday, June 30 to drop their squares into our Craft Centre and they could be used on the finished display.
We know the people of Devon are extremely crafty and creative so this should be a simple challenge for them and we’re really looking forward to seeing all of the entries.”
Trelawney@Ashford is an award-winning, independent garden centre owned by David Danning and David Symons, who have also run a sister garden centre in Cornwall, Trelawney@Wadebridge, for more than 30 years. The family-run business includes two generations of the Danning and Symons families. The company is opening its third garden centre Trelawney@Probus on a green-field site in Cornwall next year (2015).
Trelawney@Ashford provides customers with a wide range of quality gardening products including plants, furniture, barbecues, garden buildings, gifts and food items. Its friendly and knowledgeable staff are on-hand to give visitors help and advice on all gardening matters. As well as gardening and craft products, the garden centre also has a camping and outdoor pursuit concession.
The Garden Restaurant, which seats up to 150 customers, is situated alongside Trelawney@Ashford’s gardens. It serves hot and cold drinks, snacks, cakes, breakfasts, lunches, a daily carvery and children’s meals.
For more information, please call Trelawney@Ashford, which is located on Strand Lane in Ashford near Barnstaple, on 01271 342880 or visit www.trelawney.co.uk.
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