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Student Lucy sows the seeds of success

Monday 15th August

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The gardens at our hospice building are very important.

The beautiful plants and trees create a calm and welcoming environment that brings a smile to the faces of our patients and their families as well as our staff, volunteers and visitors. Thank you to all of our gardening volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year, rain or shine.

One of our newest volunteers is Lucy Biggs. The 16 year-old is studying Horticulture at Writtle University College and joined us as a volunteer in October of last year.

Lucy has been using the techniques she has learnt on her course to cultivate part of the garden behind the hospice. She explained, "I have really enjoyed taking a blank canvas and turning it into a garden for everyone to enjoy. People have been very generous by donating shrubs, flowers and benches to help me make this a lovely space. I love coming to Farleigh and helping out in the garden. This has been a great project and I'm really looking forward to continuing with it."

Facilities Manager, Mark Palmer, added, “Lucy is very hard-working and enthusiastic. She has put a lot of effort into this project and our staff and patients have commented on how much brighter that part of the garden looks now! We definitely would like to work with more students from Writtle in the future.”

If you have a passion for plants and would like to volunteer in our garden, please contact our Volunteering Team: - 01245 933735