This September, the rose garden in Poole Park will be transformed with a sea of 1,000 metal and plastic sunflowers – to represent the 1,000 local people who are cared for each year by Forest Holme Hospice.

Store & Secure is helping out by providing free self storage in Bournemouth for the flowers, until they are ‘planted’ on Sept 1. In the picture is our Sophie Maidman (right) and Hannah Parsons, fundraising and communications manager for Forest Home Hospice Charity.

Each of the flowers measures 22cm wide by 35cm tall and has been handmade by the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, which played an integral part in the famous Tower of London poppy display last year.

The sunflowers will be on display throughout September, during which time members of the public can visit and remember their loved ones. And for £25 you can pre-order a sunflower to take home from the beginning of October; the cost includes an inscription of your loved ones name on a memorial board within the garden. If you’re interested, please visit;

The Sunflower Garden has been generously supported by Sainsbury’s Pitwines which, like Store & Secure, has selected Forest Holme Hospice as a charity partner for 2016. Thanks also goes to Poole Council for allowing Forest Holme free use of its rose garden for the month.

Forest Holme Hospice Charity supports the hospice (part of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) by providing £750,000 each year to fund specialist care for patients living with advanced cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

For more information about Store and Secure’s charity partnerships or our self storage options, call us on 01202 520 220 (Bournemouth) or 01256 444 445 (Basingstoke). 

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