Larch Cottage Nurseries celebrates £20,000.00 of fundraising

Larch Cottage Nurseries celebrates £20,000.00 of fundraising

for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland

Larch Cottage hits £20k fundraising goal


Just a short drive from Penrith found our Corporate Fundraiser, Kylie Palmer in the tiny hamlet of Melkinthorpe. Here she met Peter and Jo Scott, owners of Larch Cottage Nurseries who are one of their charity business partners.


Established in 1985, this family ran business promises “horticultural excellence” and offers those who visit “a unique and inspirational experience”.


This hidden gem, in the heart of the Eden Valley, has grown over the years from originally providing plants for Peters landscaping business into a true garden of Eden complete with nursery, restaurant, gallery and events such as outdoor yoga.

Jo & Peter are proud to support a local charity where all funds donated would benefit and help support local people. A collection tin was arranged for their reception area and in June 2011 Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland received its first donation of just over £42.00, as well as the business growth that Larch Cottage Nurseries has seen over the years, Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland were delighted to visit to celebrate that since that first donation twelve years ago, Jo, Peter and their visitors have now raised over £20,000.00!


Speaking of this amazing achievement Jo said “Every year we open our private gardens and chapel to raise money for Hospice at Home. Today we celebrated the fact that we have collected over £20,000 for this truly remarkable charity”.

The gardens are open on a Wednesday and Sunday afternoon from April until the end of September and they are a true ‘Garden of Eden’ that can be found just outside Penrith. As you walk through the gates and make your way through plentiful beds of plants, trees and shrubs to the lake and chapel. A peaceful oasis within beautiful, landscaped gardens, carefully planned and planted to create a tranquil escape that provides a haven for wildlife.  It is a pleasure to allow people into our ‘secret garden’ and we look forward to continuing to welcome visitors, and raising more money for this worthwhile cause over the coming months.


The private chapel was built by owner and Cumbrian landscape designer Peter Stott, with an interior frescoed by artist James Walsh. The romantic setting was the location for his wedding to wife Jo in 2014.

Following her visit Kylie Palmer said “It is always a pleasure to meet our Business Partners and celebrate with them. It was an honour to visit their beautiful Nurseries and thank them on behalf of all at Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland for their continued support in helping us provide Local Care for Local People. Without the kindness and dedication of amazing people like Peter & Jo we simply would not be able to provide the vital care and support we do for local patients and their families. 

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