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Just wild about coppicing

Posted on 12 November 2012

Volunteers have been busy coppicing and clearing at Pilgrims Hospice Ashford to provide patients and visitors with a wonderful wildlife area in which to relax and explore.

Barry Dunlop, a volunteer who is helping to oversee the project, explained: “The gardens at the hospice provide much pleasure for our patients and visitors. The wildlife garden, however needed, some tender loving care to bring it back to its former glory.

“With the help of a wonderful team of volunteers from Singleton Environment Centre’s Green Gym and local business Church and Dwight, we have been able to clear the pond, chop down hazel trees to allow new growth and generally allow wildlife to flourish.

“In spring the area will be replanted with traditional plants such as bluebells and wild primroses, making it a wonderful area to enjoy. Plans are also afoot to create a special area for patients to enjoy art activities too.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to see what has been done so far at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 17th November from 10am to 1pm, as hazel sticks will be available for sale as bean sticks for next years plantings.

Sophie Walkden coordinator of the Green Gym said: “It has been a real pleasure to come to the hospice to work on its gardens. The Green Gym seeks to promote healthy activity and to do so for a charity so dear to the local community has been a joy.”

The hospice is not just a place it is a philosophy and the wildlife garden is an important part of care for the whole person.

If you would like to know more about the volunteering opportunities at Pilgrims please contact Jon Sillett on 01233 504100.

For more information about the Green Gym visit or ring 01233 666 519


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