Hospice volunteer publishes book about garden transformation

A book written by Forest Holme volunteer gardener David Dawson has been published to raise funds for the hospice.

‘Forest Holme Flowers’ is David’s personal account of how he, along with his fellow volunteer gardeners, has dedicated time over the past few years to transform the garden at the Poole-based hospice into a beautiful oasis of calm and colour for patients and their families.

David began volunteering at Forest Holme after losing his wife to cancer nearly five years ago. He wanted to give something back, especially as he had experienced first-hand the positive impact of the Hospice and had enjoyed time outside in the garden with his wife before she died.

Kirsty Perks from the charity at Forest Holme, said, “David was instrumental in launching a drive to create the beautiful and tranquil garden space that the Hospice has today. David not only goes out and about to collect plants and other items for the garden, but he also grows plants and flowers from seed at home in his greenhouse before transferring them to Forest Holme. David is a wonderfully gentle and kind soul who always has a smile on his face and is a joy to have around the Hospice when he is volunteering.”

Since taking on the role David, along with volunteer gardeners Viv and Petula, has estimated to have planted well over 3,000 plants, including at least 1,000 daffodils, as well as landscaping, creating borders and providing a weekly general up-keep of the outdoor spaces at the hospice which provides end-of-life and palliative care to people across Poole, Wimborne and Isle of Purbeck.

David, said, “When I learned of Forest Holme’s need for a volunteer gardener it was a no brainer! Having personally experienced the love and care given to my lovely wife by Forest Holme on her journey to heaven, to transform large areas of boring bark to attractive, colourful flower borders was a challenge worth taking to benefit all patients, visitors and staff to the Hospice. I sincerely hope that my book will give enjoyment to all its readers, as it covers dedication, humour, community, empathy and teamwork proving that love and care strongly exist in the world we live in today.”

‘Forest Holme Flowers’ is available from the fundraising office at Forest Holme for £6 or by post for £7 (incl p&p). If you would like to purchase a copy please contact the team either via telephone: 01202 670644 or email: fundraising@forestholmehospice.org.uk


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