Hospice hopes to bring wildlife to new Hillington home

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Managers of the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House’s new facility at Hillington are hoping to attract more than just patients to the site.

Work is underway on a pond and wildlife haven, which has been backed by a host of charities and businesses.

Mark Shea, the hospice’s commercial director, said: “We are all very excited about establishing the wildlife haven in our grounds.

“Once the plants are in situ, the pond will be left to fill naturally, and patients and staff alike will be keeping a keen eye on its development, and waiting with interest to see what wildlife it will attract.”

The area has been developed and project managed by Melinda Raker, a patron of Marie Curie, who offered to co-ordinate the development whilst on a visit to the hospice during the construction phase.

Lynn-based firm WR Chapman & Son excavated the pond free of charge, while the pond liner has been installed, also free, by a Colchester-based company.

And volunteers are now planting hundreds of pond plants provided by a firm which supplied 500,000 plants for London’s Olympic Park.

Mr Shea added: “I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us so generously in this venture.”

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