Big Give project takes shape

13 April 2015

A MILESTONE has been reached in a landscaping project at Wigan and Leigh Hospice with the completion of a boardwalk over a new wetland habitat.

Big Give project takes shape

The wooden boardwalk has been installed over what was previously a patch of marshland in the hospice grounds to create a new feature for patients and visitors to enjoy.

The project is the result of an appeal made by the hospice in December 2013 when local people and businesses donated £16,000 over three days which was then doubled by the Big Give initiative.

Rather than drain the area it was decided to work with the natural boggy ground conditions to develop the marshland into a wetland habitat which will attract a range of amphibians, plant life and birds.

Local environmental charity Groundwork was selected to undertake the work at the site which adjoins Amberswood Nature Reserve.

As part of the wider landscaping project, an old fountain in the grounds has been replaced with a steel sphere water feature, which is replicated on a smaller scale in each of the three external bays off the Inpatient Unit.

Every patient has a view of the gardens from their bedrooms and each bedroom has patio doors which open out onto the gardens.

Additionally, new benches, plant pots and lighting will be installed in the gardens to create comfortable outdoor areas for patients and their visitors. Interpretation panels complete with a history of the site and information on the local natural environment will also be created. As well as being interesting and informative for adults, it is hoped that it will also provide a wildlife-spotting opportunity for young children visiting relatives at the hospice.

Mike Parr, Director of Corporate Services at the Hospice, said: "It's well documented that being close to green spaces improves mental and emotional well-being. We want our gardens to be a place where patients and visitors can reflect, relax and spend time with their families."


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