A glimpse of a tranquil oasis in Wigan

The beautiful gardens at the hospice
The beautiful gardens at the hospice

The beautiful grounds of one of the borough’s biggest charities were opened to the public during a national gardens’ event for the first time.

Wigan and Leigh Hospice opened the tranquil green spaces around its Hindley headquarters as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

Christine Edwardson, Mavis Valentine, Kate Gaynor and Katie Stevenson in the gardens

Christine Edwardson, Mavis Valentine, Kate Gaynor and Katie Stevenson in the gardens

Sadly the weather did not co-operate with downpours throughout the day, but those hardy visitors who turned up at the Kildare Street venue were rewarded with tours of the peaceful grounds and floral displays.

The hospice has invested a great deal of time and effort in its outdoor landscapes for patients and visitors, while its location next to Amberswood Common means the area attracts plenty of wildlife.

The charity also has a memorial garden for its popular Dedicate A Daisy scheme, three ponds and a bridge donated by the Whitworth Gallery.

Dr Alan Baron, chief executive of the hospice, said: “The gardens at the hospice are a hidden sanctuary for our patients and their visitors right in the middle of Hindley.”