The October sun shone on a team of 15 volunteers from Mars Food in Hansa Road, Lynn, who all gave up free time to ‘grow wild’ at the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.
The newly-built hospice in Hilliington had a large wildlife pond in great need of development so the team spent the day weeding around 100 sq m of scrubby ground, laying a new bark path, and planting more than 400 wild flowers.
The new wildlife area now has stones and dead wood to encourage wildlife and by next spring it should be blooming in a blaze of colour, scents and textures.
Artist and project co-ordinator, Nicola Marray-Woods, said, “The aim is to create a beautiful and inspiring natural space in this tranquil setting for the benefit of future patients and their families.”
This is part of a series of community projects where teams of Mars Food employees volunteer in their own time to help others.
Previous projects have included improving a school conservation area, building a bottle greenhouse and creating a wild play area.
Marie Lee, from Mars, said: “When I heard that Tapping House Hospice were looking for volunteers to carry out some gardening work for them at their new site at Hillington.
“I thought it would be an ideal opportunity for us to create a reflective wildlife garden that visitors and eventually patients could enjoy for hopefully many years.”
Emma Shaw, from the hospice, said: “The work the team did is brilliant.
“It really links the pond back to nature and gives people somewhere to go and reminisce in the future.”
Some of the team were so inspired by the work of the hospice that they are planning to volunteer individually there in the future.
There are opportunities for other volunteers from gardening to fundraising.
Anyone interested in helping out, either as a team like Mars Foods or individually, should contact Davina Rudd, volunteering co-ordinator, on 01485 601700.