Celebrity Gardener to create new play ground at Heytesbury School

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By wp_alistair | Saturday, June 16, 2012, 19:15

Diarmuid Gavin, the Irish garden designer and television celebrity, will be with the team from ITV's This Morning "Garden Angels" at Heytesbury Primary School this weekend, creating a new play area in memory of one of the pupils who died earlier this year. 

Isobel Hedley who was in Otters class tragically died from a long illness earlier this year, and the school had begun a series of fundraising events to create a garden in her memory. One of the parents at the school contacted ITV's This Morning, who picked up the story and agreed to have Diarmuid visit the school and design a new garden. 

Losing a pupil so young was tough on the school as a whole, particularly as Isobel's older brother, Archie, still goes to Heytesbury in one of the upper classes. 

At the time a letter went out to parents of pupils at Heytesbury, saying: 

"We were delighted when Isobel arrived at the school after many months of essential treatment, hospital stays and visits. This was an incredibly tough time for her parents, her immediate family and of course even more so for Isobel herself.

When she started at Heytesbury it was great to see her playing a full part in the life of the school and really wonderful to see the progress she was making. Sadly that was not to last and we were devastated to hear that her illness had returned. It was even more shocking to find out that further treatment would not be of any help to her recovery."

The garden will be created this weekend (16/17 June) and "revealed" to Archie and his family on Monday morning, followed by a wider reveal to the schoolchildren who are looking forward with anticipation to seeing Diarmuid's creation. 

Diarmuid Gavin was recently in the headlines for his - as usual - very bold design for the Chelsea Flower Show 2012. Diarmuid's creation grabbed more headlines than the other 14 show gardens put together with an 80ft high, seven storey pyramidical garden! 



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