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WellChild garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

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Royal Hospital
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Chelsea
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This year’s Chelsea Flower Show will host an inspiring garden created to highlight the work of WellChild and the important role gardens and outside spaces play in support to seriously ill children and young people.

The WellChild garden, sponsored by CQS and in association with 100 Women in Hedge Funds, was created by Olivia Kirk, a previous Chelsea Flower Show Gold award winning designer.

To see pictures of work underway at the garden click here.

The garden will provide an enclosed central oasis representing the care and support families receive from the charity. From this reassuring and reviving space five paths representing the fingers on WellChild’s hand-shaped logo lead on a journey of exploration with raised beds, planted to appeal to all five senses, spilling into the central garden.

Olivia Kirk said “I was honoured to be asked to design a garden for WellChild at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. I’ve tried my best to bring the work of the charity to life through elements such as a ‘Sensory Wall’ which protectively curves round the garden giving a sense of sanctuary and protection but at the same time hiding musical treasures, bringing a sense of fun and magic to the garden. This wall is framed by two multi stemmed Acer triflorum which lean and unite to make two quite different areas; the central protected area depicting the very hands-on and supportive care given in the early stages of support given to a seriously ill child and their family and the outer area showing the on-going care provided by WellChild Children’s Nurses”

Although best known for their UK-wide team of WellChild Nurses who provide practical and emotional support particularly in the home, WellChild also creates gardens for seriously ill young people and their families all year round. Through its Helping Hands scheme the charity leads teams of volunteers to remodel family gardens to make them suitable for the needs of children with serious health conditions.

The WellChild Garden at Chelsea is sponsored by multi strategy asset management firm CQS and is in association with 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a leading non-profit organisation for professionals in the alternative investments industry.

Michael Hintze, founder of CQS, said: “The dedication and commitment of WellChild’s staff is inspirational. I am delighted that through 100 Women in Hedge Funds we are able to support Olivia’s creation. This garden space enhances the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show and once transported to The Brook Special Primary School on Broadwaters will be enjoyed by so many children for years to come.”

Amanda Pullinger, Chief Executive Office of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside CQS to help fund such an inspiring project. The work WellChild does in supporting seriously ill young people is hugely important, and this garden will be something all children can enjoy for years to come. 100 Women in Hedge Funds is proud to engage on such an exciting venture.”

Colin Dyer, Chief Executive of WellChild said: “WellChild has a strong connection with gardens because of our work to remodel gardens for seriously ill children and their families across the UK. We are delighted to have a garden at Chelsea and would like to thank Olivia for all the hard work and creativity she has put in to create a beautiful and meaningful garden for WellChild. Also a big thank you to CQS and 100 Women in Hedge Funds for their support in making this garden possible.”

oliviaOlivia Kirk is a talented and experienced landscape and garden designer, working out of a Worcestershire design studio. She has a project portfolio of private and public schemes all around the UK, as well as a number of high-profile show gardens to her name, such as the Chelsea Flower Show and the Malvern Spring Show.

Olivia is a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) and a Chelsea Gold Medallist designer with ‘The Power of Nature Garden’

The product of a passionate gardening family, Olivia studied music and began her professional life as a music teacher in Wimbledon before switching to garden design and horticulture at Pershore College and beginning a second career.

Olivia specialises in designing healing gardens and is just about to begin work on a project she won in a design competition for a roof garden on the new Hopkinsdesigned MacMillan Cancer Care Centre, part of the UCL Hospital. She has worked extensively in the health sector, completing varied projects all over the UK for a large number of hospices.

Whilst some designers are happier with either the planting or hard landscaping aspects of garden design, Olivia is a passionate advocate of both and of attaining a considered balance between the two.

Her design signatures are the use of strong structural and architectural elements and innovative materials. She also favours bold planting and a pronounced use of colour.

A heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, without whom the WellChild garden would not be possible. They are:

 

100 Women in Hedge Funds

100 Women in Hedge Funds is a global, practitioner-driven non-profit organization serving over 12,000 alternative investment management investors and professionals through educational, professional leverage and philanthropic initiatives. Formed in 2001, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has hosted over 400 education events globally, connected more than 250 senior women through Peer Advisory Groups and raised over $33 million for philanthropic causes in the areas of women’s health, education and mentoring.

CQS
CQS
is a leading London-based global multi strategy asset management firm. Founded in 1999, CQS has over 250 staff located globally. CQS launched its first hedge fund in March 2000 and has since expanded its offering to include additional strategies and bespoke solutions in the areas of multi-strategy, convertibles, asset backed securities, credit, loans and equities. Since inception, the firm has placed fundamental analysis at the heart of its investment process and follows a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach seeking interconnectivity across all areas in which we invest. The firm’s robust operations and risk management platform provides all mandates with liquidity management and risk monitoring which, in our view, should enable our investment professionals to be more nimble and effective throughout all market environments. CQS has an active engagement with local communities, supporting charities focused on issues including health, sport, and the arts.

 

And thank you also to the people who have provided items for the garden:

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The WellChild garden, sponsored by CQS and in association with 100 Women in Hedge Funds, was created by Olivia Kirk, a previous Chelsea Flower Show Gold award winning designer.

To see pictures of work underway at the garden click here.

The garden will provide an enclosed central oasis representing the care and support families receive from the charity. From this reassuring and reviving space five paths representing the fingers on WellChild’s hand-shaped logo lead on a journey of exploration with raised beds, planted to appeal to all five senses, spilling into the central garden.

Olivia Kirk said “I was honoured to be asked to design a garden for WellChild at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. I’ve tried my best to bring the work of the charity to life through elements such as a ‘Sensory Wall’ which protectively curves round the garden giving a sense of sanctuary and protection but at the same time hiding musical treasures, bringing a sense of fun and magic to the garden. This wall is framed by two multi stemmed Acer triflorum which lean and unite to make two quite different areas; the central protected area depicting the very hands-on and supportive care given in the early stages of support given to a seriously ill child and their family and the outer area showing the on-going care provided by WellChild Children’s Nurses”

Although best known for their UK-wide team of WellChild Nurses who provide practical and emotional support particularly in the home, WellChild also creates gardens for seriously ill young people and their families all year round. Through its Helping Hands scheme the charity leads teams of volunteers to remodel family gardens to make them suitable for the needs of children with serious health conditions.

The WellChild Garden at Chelsea is sponsored by multi strategy asset management firm CQS and is in association with 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a leading non-profit organisation for professionals in the alternative investments industry.

Michael Hintze, founder of CQS, said: “The dedication and commitment of WellChild’s staff is inspirational. I am delighted that through 100 Women in Hedge Funds we are able to support Olivia’s creation. This garden space enhances the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show and once transported to The Brook Special Primary School on Broadwaters will be enjoyed by so many children for years to come.”

Amanda Pullinger, Chief Executive Office of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside CQS to help fund such an inspiring project. The work WellChild does in supporting seriously ill young people is hugely important, and this garden will be something all children can enjoy for years to come. 100 Women in Hedge Funds is proud to engage on such an exciting venture.”

Colin Dyer, Chief Executive of WellChild said: “WellChild has a strong connection with gardens because of our work to remodel gardens for seriously ill children and their families across the UK. We are delighted to have a garden at Chelsea and would like to thank Olivia for all the hard work and creativity she has put in to create a beautiful and meaningful garden for WellChild. Also a big thank you to CQS and 100 Women in Hedge Funds for their support in making this garden possible.”

oliviaOlivia Kirk is a talented and experienced landscape and garden designer, working out of a Worcestershire design studio. She has a project portfolio of private and public schemes all around the UK, as well as a number of high-profile show gardens to her name, such as the Chelsea Flower Show and the Malvern Spring Show.

Olivia is a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) and a Chelsea Gold Medallist designer with ‘The Power of Nature Garden’

The product of a passionate gardening family, Olivia studied music and began her professional life as a music teacher in Wimbledon before switching to garden design and horticulture at Pershore College and beginning a second career.

Olivia specialises in designing healing gardens and is just about to begin work on a project she won in a design competition for a roof garden on the new Hopkinsdesigned MacMillan Cancer Care Centre, part of the UCL Hospital. She has worked extensively in the health sector, completing varied projects all over the UK for a large number of hospices.

Whilst some designers are happier with either the planting or hard landscaping aspects of garden design, Olivia is a passionate advocate of both and of attaining a considered balance between the two.

Her design signatures are the use of strong structural and architectural elements and innovative materials. She also favours bold planting and a pronounced use of colour.

A heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, without whom the WellChild garden would not be possible. They are:

 

100 Women in Hedge Funds

100 Women in Hedge Funds is a global, practitioner-driven non-profit organization serving over 12,000 alternative investment management investors and professionals through educational, professional leverage and philanthropic initiatives. Formed in 2001, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has hosted over 400 education events globally, connected more than 250 senior women through Peer Advisory Groups and raised over $33 million for philanthropic causes in the areas of women’s health, education and mentoring.

CQS
CQS
is a leading London-based global multi strategy asset management firm. Founded in 1999, CQS has over 250 staff located globally. CQS launched its first hedge fund in March 2000 and has since expanded its offering to include additional strategies and bespoke solutions in the areas of multi-strategy, convertibles, asset backed securities, credit, loans and equities. Since inception, the firm has placed fundamental analysis at the heart of its investment process and follows a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach seeking interconnectivity across all areas in which we invest. The firm’s robust operations and risk management platform provides all mandates with liquidity management and risk monitoring which, in our view, should enable our investment professionals to be more nimble and effective throughout all market environments. CQS has an active engagement with local communities, supporting charities focused on issues including health, sport, and the arts.

 

And thank you also to the people who have provided items for the garden:

  • Registered Charity in England and Wales: 289600
  • Registered Charity in Scotland: SC045010
  • Company Number 1815689

Registered address: 16 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3DA

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  • Registered Charity in England and Wales: 289600
  • Registered Charity in Scotland: SC045010
  • Company Number 1815689

Registered address: 16 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3DA