Volunteers to spruce up garden for Pilgrim Hospital chemotherapy patients

L-R Macmillan Cancer Support committee member, Maddy Taylor and Boston's Boots store manager Maria Martin at Pilgrim Hospital where they have arranged a makeover of the garden at the hospital's chaemotherapy ward.
L-R Macmillan Cancer Support committee member, Maddy Taylor and Boston's Boots store manager Maria Martin at Pilgrim Hospital where they have arranged a makeover of the garden at the hospital's chaemotherapy ward.

Gardens used by patients at Pilgrim Hospital’s chemotherapy ward are to get a make-over thanks to a group of green-fingered volunteers.

The project, which begins today (Wednesday), is being led by two staff members of Boots – Boston store manager Maria Martin and area manager Mike Jones.

Maria explained: “Back in January we visited the chemotherapy ward to discuss ways we could volunteer. The gardens there have seen much better days so our project was decided – to revamp the gardens. Plus, as Boots is heavily involved with Macmillan it was a no brainer for us.”

Together they and colleagues have raised £6,000 to pay for materials and equipment – and gained the support of the public and TV gardener Alan Mason.

“Alan has been a great help,” said Maria. “I met him at the garden in February and he’s advised us on what plants would be applicable and where as we didn’t want to create more work for the staff in terms of maintaining it.”

Mike said: “Our regional Boots team will be coming from as far as Leeds and Hull to do the work and we hope it will be maintained by volunteers from our Boston Boots store.”

Thanks were given to all those supporting the project including Clive Marriott, facilities manager at Pilgrim, Lady McCorquodale and Gill and John Rudd from Little Ponton Hall and gardens in Grantham, for donating and delivering plants and Mr Hollyoak of Sutterton for offering free tub plants and Robin the gardener at Pilgrim.

TV gardening expert Alan Mason had a Channel 4 series Gardens Without Borders in the 1990s and now has his own garden design business.