MISSION STATEMENT : OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO PROVIDE SPACE AND TIME, ALLOWING THE POWER OF NATURE TO CHANGE LIVES THROUGH FRIENDSHIP, COMPASSION AND LOVE.
Since 1999 the idea of a therapeutic garden was stirred in David’s heart, since then both he and Carol have seen their dream surpass their expectations and lived out day by day.
At the time the concept of Nature Therapy was totally new. However, the power of nature and aspects of positive thinking are now proven to benefit in physical and mental healing, as well as bringing communities together. Rather than utilising a green space for the project the decision was made by the Trustees to undertake a major environmental scheme, and the charity purchased a former derelict and contaminated sewage works – a blight in the local community. Significant hard work in recycling materials, rejuvenating the land, and planting to cope with the soil conditions eventually turned the site in to the beautiful sensory gardens it is today – a haven of peace and nature at its best.
So what’s next?
David turned and looked at Carol with a sparkle in his eye, “We have reached our physical limitations within the park, so now the idea is to acquire some additional land, perhaps a nearby field. The proposal would be to make a meadow woodland that is not designed as a formal garden, but just as wheelchair friendly. Apart from that we need more car parking space.”
Carol and David are now enjoying their so called “retirement” by working at Winthrop Park 6 days a week! They continue to devote themselves to the growth and development of the charity, its volunteers and visitors.
“It’s hard work” Carol says, “I can’t tell you how much, but it’s an easy decision because when you see how it can change people’s lives, you just want to do it.”
“Every day we hear so many stories of individuals who come and visit. Everyone can tell you their story. It’s very uplifting to see what happens.” David