Community Garden Dream Come True For Patients Of Willow Burn


This summer, staff and volunteers at Willow Burn are delighted to announce that stage 1 of the new community garden is completed with thanks to funders: Banks Community Fund, the Stanley Smith Horticultural Fund and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The garden and hospice offers mesmerising views of the Derwent Valley’s natural beauty, and provides an alternative environment for peace and relaxation in a safe, private place for service users and their families.

The garden is also open to the wider community to come and experience the tranquillity of the space. It will sustain biodiversity and provide horticultural therapy on site and extend to neighbouring communities too. Throughout the garden, spaces have been allocated for remembrance, including a Memory Path, where family and friends can dedicate a brick to their loved ones.

Paul Jackson, Chairman of Willow Burn Hospice, said: “Our new community garden is an exciting expansion to Willow Burn that both volunteers and staff have been looking forward to opening for the community, families and most importantly the service users. I would like to say a huge thank you to the three generous supporters, Banks Community Fund, the Stanley Smith Horticultural Fund and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. We couldn’t have done this without their contribution.”

“We are looking forward to seeing new faces here at Willow Burn enjoying the wonderful views outside, taking a break in the gardens or enjoying refreshments in the Willows Café.”

Kirsty Crozier, Director of Operations, added: “Thanks to all of the generous funders who made this possible, we hope to raise additional funds to complete the second phase of the gardens by spring 2020.’

Willow Burn Hospice is located on Howden Bank in Lanchester and is a state-of-the-art facility offering specialist supportive, palliative and end of life care, including in-patient care, respite, day services and bereavement and family support. The vital work at Willow Burn is funded through generous donations and support from the local community, whilst the hospice does receive a small contribution from the NHS, the facility could not be run on this alone.

Willow Burn would love to hear from any individuals or organisations who would like to support the development of phase 2 of the gardens. The team at Willow Burn is also looking for volunteer gardeners to help with maintenance of the grounds. Please contact Kirsty Crozier, Director of Operations on: 01207 529 224

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