David puts his green fingers to good use

David volunteers his Thursday mornings caring for our much-loved Willen Hospice gardens, which provide such an important outdoor space for our patients and their families.

Our gardens, in a peaceful lakeside setting, are home to our Tree of Life. David and the team of gardening volunteers help create a beautiful environment for reflection and sharing memories and offers the perfect place to remember a loved one.

“The time I spend ‘working’ at the Hospice is very rewarding and, when someone makes a nice comment about the gardens, it’s a great feeling.”

“As well as making new friends, it’s nice to be able to make the gardens at the Hospice more attractive for patients and visitors. I’ve always enjoyed gardening and, when I retired, I wanted to spend more time doing this. I also wanted to be outside in the fresh air, having spent my working life in offices.”

David doesn’t stop there, he has extended his care to the hospice wildlife too!

“In the past, I’ve made a couple of bird boxes for friends, so a builder friend who saw these has kept me supplied with pallets to extend my range. As well as several bird boxes and a bat box, I’ve made a hedgehog house, an insect hotel and also a bug hotel from a stack of pallets, all of which are in place at Willen Hospice.”

But our favourite has to be the miniature picnic table which is a hit with our squirrels!

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