A courtyard in the making at the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. Picture: Tony Jones.

An army of green-fingered volunteers helped to transform an outdoor area at The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.

Plants from this year’s award-winning Chelsea Flower Show displays by Narford firm Crane Garden Buildings were donated to the Hillington hospice for a courtyard project.

Staff from the family-run company and volunteers spent last week on the garden make-over.

Paving had already been laid and flower beds were in place in preparation for the planting week.

After two days of removing weeds, the plants, which had been kept at Crane’s head office since the May show, were transported to the hospice.

West Norfolk firms Frimstone Ltd and Middleton Aggregates donated stone and shingle and Feltwell-based Q Lawns donated turf.

By Saturday, only two small areas remained unfinished but these will be completed shortly.

The garden has been designed by Peter Mortin, national sales manager at Crane, who said: “It has been very humbling to see all these volunteers helping the hospice in this way.

“We knew we were helping a very worthy cause and clearly, all these wonderful people thought so too.”

The helpers included hospice staff, villagers and volunteers mustered by Alison Findlay, of the Royal Horticultural Society.