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Green-fingered Nigel throws open the garden gates
14/06/2019

A green-fingered landscape designer will throw open the gates to his garden this month to raise money to benefit service users at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT).

Nigel Boldero will open an acre of land at the Old School in Haveringland, near Cawston, on Sunday, 23 June. People will be able to explore the different sections of the garden, which include a formal courtyard, a woodland area, wildlife pond and terraced space, before relaxing with an afternoon tea and buying a plant to take home.

All of the proceeds raised will be split between improvements at St Peter’s, the village church, and NSFT’s ongoing Healing Gardens project, which aims to create safe, calming and attractive outdoor environments for service users, carers and staff to enjoy.

Work at the first healing garden, at the Thurne Assessment Ward at Hellesdon Hospital, is already complete, and has received excellent feedback for the boost it provides to emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.

It is now hoped that NSFT will be able to develop other healing gardens across its sites so that patients receiving care on all of its wards, plus service users who are accessing support through clinics, as well as carers and staff, can benefit.

“I really believe that being in touch with nature can make a big difference to health and wellbeing,” said Nigel, who is a former garden and landscape designer. “The project at the Thurne Ward is proof of that – the space is now looking really splendid and has been incredibly well received by service users, visitors and staff.

“Working outside is really wonderful and has so many benefits. It can help people build relationships with those around them, while also proving useful for managing anxiety and stress. We hope that by raising money, we can give more service users the chance to benefit by getting involved in garden projects, both during their admission and within their local communities.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming guests on the 23rd and hope as many people as possible will join us to explore the garden before chilling out in the sunshine with an afternoon tea – all while raising vital funds at the same time.”

Anyone who would like more information about the Healing Gardens project, or may be interested in sponsoring the initiative or volunteering to help can email Nigel at nbold@live.com.

The Old School garden will be open from 1pm to 5pm, with entry priced at £3 per adult and £5 per couple. Under 18s are free.

You can find Old School on School Road in Haveringland, or by following postcode NR10 4QE on a sat nav.

For press enquiries, email: nsft.communications@nsft.nhs.uk