A WREXHAM hospice is set to partner with Chirk Castle once more to create a ‘sunshine meadow’ in the summer.

Nightingale House Hospice will be running an exhibit throughout June and will adorn the front lawn of Chirk Castle with everlasting Nightingale peonies to raise funds for patient services.

Sue Jones, who is the volunteer and community manager at Chirk Castle, said staff at the National Trust Wales-operated building were looking forward to the partnership again.


She said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Nightingale House Hospice Sunshine Meadow at Chirk Castle this year.

“The National Trust was founded to protect special places for the benefit of the nation.

“One of its founders, Octavia Hill (1895), said ‘we all need space, we all need beauty, we all need peace – without it, we cannot hear the whispers of better things come to us gently’.

“This year, the flowers will be on display close to the castle with a beautiful view out to the valleys and hills beyond. What better location is there to reflect on the past and contemplate the future.”

This year marks the charity’s sixth annual Sunshine Meadow, which will be on display this summer and has previously featured sunflowers, Welsh poppies, Forget-Me-Nots, and Snowdrops.

In 2023, the Sunshine Meadow raised £22,500 to support people from the community living with life-limiting conditions.

People can visit the display during Chirk Castle's normal opening hours, between June 1-30.

Elise Jackson, events and campaigns manager at Nightingale House Hospice, added: "The Sunshine Meadow symbolises hope, resilience, and community spirit.

“With the introduction of peonies this year, we hope to continue to raise vital funds for our hospice's mission of providing specialist care and support for patients and their families during challenging times.”

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The Nightingale Peonies go on sale for £30 each from March 1.

Supporters can purchase them from the Nightingale House Hospice website. After the exhibition at Chirk Castle, the Nightingale flowers can be collected from the Wrexham hospice on July 11 or 14.

For more information, please get in touch with rachelle.mclachlan@nightingalehouse.co.uk