Lend a green-fingered hand in St Catherine’s Park

The sensory garden in St Catherine's Park
The sensory garden in St Catherine's Park
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Three nature enthusiasts - one for every decade of St Catherine’s - are needed to help look after the hospice’s parkland area.

As part of the 30th anniversary Give a Gift campaign, run in partnership with the Lancashire Evening Post, the Lostock Hall hospice is looking for green-fingered volunteers to care for St Catherine’s Park.

“There are lots of different habitats - from the river, to the gardens, to the woodland, wetland, scrub and marshland”

Steve Edwards, environmental projects officer at Lancashire County Council

The park, which is home to the hospice and The Mill café and community hub, is made up of the St Catherine’s Wetland and Woodland Reserve, as well as manicured lawns and gardens, including a beautiful sensory garden.

Jobs will include things like planting, trimming, pruning and weeding.

Plans to enhance the gardens and woodland at the site, in a bid to encourage more members of the public to visit, are linked in with proposals by South Ribble Council for a new First World War memorial and peace garden nearby.

Planning permission has been granted for the project, and it is expected that work will start before the end of the year.

Steve Edwards, environmental projects officer at Lancashire County Council, who is supporting and advising the hospice on the development, said: “We’d also be really interested to hear from any amateur naturalists or birdwatchers who might like to ‘adopt’ the spot as their own, and keep a record of the different wildlife which is using the space on a regular basis.

“There are lots of different habitats - from the river, to the gardens, to the woodland, wetland, scrub and marshland, so we’re sure it would make an interesting project.”

For more information about volunteering in St Catherine’s Park, visit www.stcatherines.co.uk, email minaxi.panchal@stcatherines.co.uk, or call 01772 629171.