Hospice volunteer publishes book about garden transformation

Friday 5th May 2023

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 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.

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, “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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