Hospice makes call for volunteers to hehlp at Haverhill Garden of Life

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A call has gone out for volunteers to help maintain a £50,000 garden created in Haverhill after a charity won a public TV vote.

Last Monday (Nov 2), a small team of volunteers spent time at the Garden of Life, at St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Burton Centre, in Camps Road, weeding, sweeping and generally sprucing up the garden ahead of the winter months.

Alison Findlay from the Royal Horticultural Society, has been involved with the garden since it opened five months ago.

She said: “This garden is a lovely space, It is such an asset to the whole of Haverhill, being right in the town centre, so we’re keen to keep it looking nice.

“We’ve been taking up the weeds that have grown up to make sure it is tidy before the winter.

“The garden was designed to be low maintenance, but in the spring some of the herbaceous plants will need trimming back.

“Hopefully more people will come on board to help us.”

Another of the projects undertaken by volunteers this week was weeding allotment beds at the front of the Burton Centre – also installed this summer – and planting up autumn produce.

Moira Welham, St Nicholas Hospice Care Head of Community Partnership, said: “For those who haven’t been to the Burton Centre lately, the Garden of Life is starting to become very well established and looking lovely.

“We would like a few more volunteers to help us to keep it looking that way.”

Anyone interested in volunteering in the Garden of Life should contact the Burton Centre on 01440 848260.

- The Garden of Life saw a neglected open space next to the Burton Centre transformed into an accessible garden for patients, carers, groups which use the centre and the community.

It was funded by £50,000 won by the Hospice in the People’s Millions competition, in November 2014.