A peaceful and tranquil outdoor haven in the heart of Haverhill came a step closer yesterday after the first meeting of the Garden of Life working group.
The group, formed of St Nicholas Hospice Care staff, volunteers, patients, members of the public and other interested parties, met at the hospice’s Burton Centre, in Camps Road, to discuss the £50,000 project.
The scheme will see a neglected open space next to the centre transformed into an accessible garden to be used by patients, carers, the groups which use the centre and the community.
It is being funded by £50,000 won by the Hospice in the People’s Millions competition, in November.
Moira Welham, St Nicholas Hospice Care head of Community Partnership, said: “We are blessed to have this outdoor area.
“We would like it to include a quiet space for reflection and for it to be in use all year round.
“Going forward, it’s all about community involvement and we are very keen to see people involved.”
One patient called for shaded areas to protect her skin from direct sunlight, another asked for a water feature, while a carer said: “All we are asking for is a space to go outside and relax.”
Two landscaping firms were invited .
One will eventually be selected to create the garden, with work starting in early spring.