Big Tree Plant for hospice at Hillington

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The Norfolk Hospice Tapping house has this week been the setting for the Big Tree Plant, with 70 tress planted across the four-and-a-half acre site.

The scheme was launched in 2010 to increase the number of trees in towns, cities and neighbourhoods thought-out England.

The Norfolk Hospice has received the trees free of charge from the programme, which has been funded by the Forestry Commission and DEFRA.

The aim of The Big Tree Plant is to plant 1 million trees across 3,300 sites by March 2015.

The trees donated to the Hospice include cherry, silver birch, copper beech and willow amongst others.

They have been planted by staff from Marks and Spencers in Lynn as well as volunteers and staff at the Norfolk Hospice. The planting of the trees marks the beginning of the landscaping of the Hospice site, which is due to be completed by the autumn.

The hospice hopes that the trees will help to attract wildlife onto the Hospice site so that patients and visitor can thoroughly enjoy being in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside.

Mark Shea, commercial director at the hospice said, “It has been great to have representatives from Marks and Spencers at the Hospice today planting the trees.

“We are extremely grateful to them for giving up their time to help us to plant the trees and to the Big Tree Plant for kindly donating the trees to the hospice.”

The Norfolk Hospice, has been providing care to those nearing the end of their lives, and to their families and friends, since 1984.

The charity has moved into its new residential hospice facility in Hillington and is working towards opening its new inpatient facility in 2015.