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Compton Acres in Poole, one of the finest privately-owned gardens in England, has had an unusual visitor. Harold the Giraffe came along with his ‘keepers’ from Life Education Wessex and Thames Valley to thank staff at the award-winning Gardens and Garden Centre for their donation of £900.00.

Compton Acres Harold the Giraffe

Life Education Wessex and Thames Valley, affectionately known as Harold and the Life Bus, is a specialist charity providing Health, Wellbeing and Drug Prevention Education to over 70,000 children aged 3 – 13 across the Region.  Harold supports the Educators in  delivering their message in a way that younger children can understand. He’s a regular visitor to schools and at special events and is a great favourite with the thousands of children he meets. The monies donated by Compton Acres will be used aid Life Education Wessex and Thames Valley in continuing their vital work.

Lorraine Hewitt, fundraising manager of Life Education Wessex and Thames Valley, said: “We are most grateful to Compton Acres for their continued support of our work with local children. Their kind donation as a result of the wishing well proceeds will help to support vital health, wellbeing and drug prevention education for local children, helping to keep them safe, healthy and happy.”

Compton Acres has five themed gardens, spread over 10 acres, boasting more than a thousand species of plant from all corners of the globe. Along with its spectacular gardens, it has a plant centre, a gift shop, the multi-award-winning venue The Italian Villa, and two cafes serving delicious home-made locally-sourced food.

Kaye Merna, who has owned Compton Acres since 2003, added: “We are delighted to support the vital work of Life Education Wessex and Thames Valley - we and our customers have really appreciated their visit. We’ve also loved having Harold as our guest. He is welcome anytime so long as he doesn’t eat all our young plants!”

For more information on Life Education Wessex and Thames Valley visit: www.lifeeducationwessex.org.uk. To learn more about Compton Acres and all that it has to offer visitors, go to www.comptonacres.co.uk