The finished garden at Woodlands, Bath Carers' Centre. Photo Courtesy of Lee Johnson
The new Bath Carers’ Centre garden, a fantastic donation from the BBC’s One Show, was officially opened in August by TV presenter Angellica Bell. This was the culmination of a month of hard work by volunteers and local supporters who helped install the new garden, all of which has been captured on film by the BBC and will be shown on the One Show on 3rd October. This represents the first phase of the Carers’ Centre appeal to raise £750,000 to purchase and develop Woodlands, the building at which the garden is located, as a permanent place for carers in Bath.
As Angellica planted the final Lavender plant in its new home, watched by carers, volunteers involved in the garden, businesses who generously supported the project and local councillors, she commented “I am delighted to have been able to open the new carers’ garden. It is a beautiful space and I am sure carers will enjoy it for many years to come.”
Carers’ Centre Chief Executive Sonia Hutchison added, “The garden gives a place of beauty, serenity and permanence to the Carer’s Centre. We have been overwhelmed by the gift, and the efforts of volunteers to help us install it in its new home. Funding from the People’s Postcode Trust and The Funding Network along with in-kind support takes the total raised to over £75,000, 10% of our target. This is a great start and also highlights that this appeal is not just about bricks and mortar. It’s about building a permanent community which holds carers at its heart. The projects that this building enables us to develop, such as the garden, will help us to achieve this.”