Hospice unveils new kitchen garden

Willowbrook Hospice has unveiled its new kitchen garden
Willowbrook Hospice has unveiled its new kitchen garden

A new kitchen garden has been created at a hospice.

The project to create the garden along with a state-of-the-art wheelchair friendly greenhouse was the brainchild of Willowbrook Hospice’s gardener, Juliet McLorie and was developed thanks to the generosity of the now disbanded Pilkington Horticultural Society.

As well as offering an additional day therapy activity for patients, the kitchen garden will also be used to grow fruit and vegetables either for sale or to use in the hospice all year round.

Juliet said: “Gardening has well known therapeutic benefits such as alleviating stress and anxiety and we’ll be encouraging any of our patients who are well enough to come along and take part in our gardening sessions.

“The greenhouse has been specifically designed to enable wheelchair user access and a couple of the raised beds will also be wheelchair height, again so that patients can actively take part.

“We’re also hoping that the kitchen garden will allow us to grow as much produce as we possibly can. The patients and customers of the café will be able to benefit from ‘freshly picked’ potatoes, beans, courgettes, onions, herbs, leeks and cabbage and so on.”

If you are able to donate items such as topsoil, seeds, plants, and compost please contact Juliet on 0151 430 8736.