When Silva Timber were contacted regarding the plans to spruce up a local hospice garden, we were more than happy to help out.
Willowbrook Hospice, based in Prescot, Mersyside, is a dedicated service providing Specialist Palliative Care to patients with life-limiting illnesses and support to their carers and families. The hospice aims to help each patient achieve the best quality of life where possible.
The Hospice cares for approximately 1,000 patients a year, treating each individual patient in a holistic way, looking after not only their physical but also their spiritual, psychological, social and emotional needs.
One area of the Hospice which required some attention was the garden, which needed freshening up to provide patients with an outdoor area in which to relax and enjoy. Neil Wright, Willowbrook Hospice Chief Executive commented, "Over the last three years we have had the opportunity to build two major extensions which, in both cases, involved a lot of disruption to the previous layout of the gardens, leaving the area somewhat of a 'building site'. We wanted to make the gardens more engaging for all those people who visit the Hospice, whether in the capacity of patient, carer, visitor, volunteer or staff member.
The hospice took inspiration from Japanese garden design, incorporating various elements including a seating area requiring some decking. Mr. Wright commented, "We formed a strong partnership with the National Japanese Garden Society who are passionate about building Japanese gardens. The society specified Western Red Cedar from Silva Timber to maintain the integrity, not only of their design, but also to complement the Hospice building which is called 'The Cedarwood Centre'."
After discussing the requirements of the project, Silva Timber were pleased to offer advice and donate Western Red Cedar Cedardeck boards, framing joists, GRK fasteners and Biowash Natural Deck Oil to the hospice.
"The Goverment only provides one-third of costs of running the Hospice and our finances are finely balanced", Mr Wright mentioned. "We were very grateful for the generous donation of Western Red Cedar from Silva Timber. Without this donation and the support of the Japanese Garden Society, we would not have been able to complete capital projects such as the Japanese garden which, once completed, will be a legacy for all patients who pass through the Hospice."
Western Red Cedar Cedardeck is a popular product due to it's natural beauty, with sound tight knots, attractive grain patterns and other warm colour tones, creating a stunning deck. Natural Deck Oil enhances the appearance by highlighting the striking grain patterns and providing added protection against weathering and harmful UV rays.
As Western Red Cedar is light and easy to work with, boards can be easily to cut to create unique curved decks as chosen by Willowbrook Hospice. Western Red Cedar is an ideal complement to the surrounding features of the Japanese Garden, balancing the natural features of stone, plants and water to create a wonderful, relaxing garden space.
Mr Wright concluded, "Whilst over 60% of our patients are discharged back to their preferred place of care (usually their home), we do treat a lot of patients with end of life needs. The Japanese garden is a very beautiful place to behold. I know I speak for all our patients, their carers and families, when I say how grateful we are for the contribution and support given to the Hospice by Silva Timber and the Japanese Garden Society."
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