The Hillier Great Garden Makeover

Earlier this year, we had an idea inspired by the TV shows DIY SOS and Love Your Garden.

Here at Hillier, we all wanted to do something special for our charity partner Wessex Cancer Trust by transforming a garden for one of their clients. At first we wondered if maybe the project was a little too big to take on, then we realised, if anyone can do this, Hillier can. With 73 Chelsea Gold Medals, a wonderful team of horticultural experts and a club full of Gardening enthusiasts, this would be a breeze, wouldn't it?

A couple of phone calls later and our award-winning Chelsea duo, Sarah Eberle, Chelsea’s most decorated designer and Mark Tomlinson from MJT Landscapes, are as excited as we are about the project and ready to take on a challenge!

Meet the Burrell family

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Pippa and Daniel Burrell and their son Sebastian, and discover how Wessex Cancer Trust have helped to support them. Watch this video to listen to their story and you'll see why we couldn't resist doing this garden makeover for them.


Since 2016 2-year-old Sebastian Burrell has been undergoing treatment at Royal Hospital London for a tumour behind his eyes, affecting his sight. Wessex Cancer Trust have been supporting the family through their journey at their support centre in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire.

They love gardening and spending time outdoors together and had a lot of ideas for their garden when they first moved in, but they’d inherited a challenge. With broken patio and walls, poor lawns and flower beds, it would take them some time to transform this into their dream garden with space to cook and eat, colourful plants, a herb garden and a play area for Sebastian.

However, between Sebastian's hospital treatments, working, and the day to day of busy family life, they unfortunately have not had the time to make it into the family area they want it to be, so we were beyond excited to be able to step in and give them something to enjoy.

The Big Reveal

The Hillier and MJT landscapes teams transformed the garden for the Burrell family in summer 2018 whilst they were enjoying a holiday in France. They knew the transformation was happening but not exactly how the end result would look, so had a lovely surprise on their return when they discovered an entirely new garden complete with play area for Seb. They were also completely taken aback by the added surprise of a new front garden that they had no idea was happening! Enjoy this film showing the full transformation from beginning to end including the big reveal.


Before and After

Thank you to our sponsors

We have received an incredible amount of support with people volunteering their time or donating what they can towards the garden, but we also could not do this without the wonderful support of a number of our partners and friends in this industry who have also donated to this project.

Thanks go to all our sponsors who have helped make this possible: