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Millboard Embered Heartlands Hospital

Earlier this year, we were delighted to see landscape and garden designer Dave Green using Millboard as part of his platinum jubilee tribute to the Queen at RHS Chelsea. The award-winning designer used Millboard’s Weathered Oak Embered boards to make a pathway flowing around a photography exhibition depicting the Queen’s visit to Chelsea over the years, set amongst a woodland inspired planting scheme. 

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to all the materials used at RHS Chelsea once the show comes to an end, here is a heart-warming story about what happened to the Millboard decking boards after the installation was dismantled.

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Millboard Weathered Oak Embered boards were donated and re-used to create Eden Garden at the maternity unit at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham

Along with some of the planting from the garden at RHS Chelsea, the boards were donated and re-used to create Eden Garden at the maternity unit at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham. The garden has been designed as a peaceful, outdoor space for parents suffering from the loss of a baby. Millboard has been repurposed into covered benches to provide privacy and shelter from the elements, giving parents a safe space to sit and reflect.

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The garden was officially opened by former patients ahead of Baby Loss Awareness Week (9th to 15th October) and made possible with donations and fundraising carried out by University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. You can learn more about how the garden is used to help parents deal with their grief here.

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We’re very happy to see the innovative use of Millboard for such a worthwhile project, and we think the covered benches look beautiful in this tranquil outdoor space.

Thank you to all the families who made this possible by donating to University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, and to our friend Dave Green who ensured our Millboard boards were used in such a sympathetic way, for such a good cause. Anyone wishing to visit the garden can now do so by contacting Eden and Snowdrop Bereavement Services.

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