Barretstown and Glanbia have joined forces at Bloom this weekend with a garden designed by the award-winning landscape architect Tim Austen. The garden will recognise the five year partnership between Glanbia and Barretstown which has raised an amazing €1.6 million for the children’s charity.

Inspired by the magic that campers experience at Barretstown, three time gold star winner at Bloom, Tim Austen has designed an interactive and fun-filled garden. References are made throughout the landscape design to Barretstown in Kildare and interactive installations including the Wishing Tree and the artwork wall will enable visitors to Bloom to add their own creative touch to the garden and leave their mark on the Barretstown and Glanbia garden.

“We know from medical experts that intensive cancer treatment for children can last up to three years,” according to Chief Executive of Barretstown Dee Ahearn. “While such treatment now produces so many very positive outcomes medically, its intensity and duration can seriously disrupt childhood. Through the Barretstown camps and our Hospital Outreach Programme we enable children to just be children, even while undergoing such disruptive treatment.”  She added “We’re looking forward to bringing some Barretstown magic to this year’s Bloom and thank Glanbia for its longstanding partnership and dedicated employees who have raised €1.6 million for Barretstown.