The green space at Farleigh Hospice is for use by staff, visitors, patients and their families. The gardens are designed to encourage wildlife into the space for patients to enjoy.
The hospice has sensory and memorial gardens as well as a woodland area where a woodland walk is being planned to link up with the site’s newly built summerhouse. There is a small orchard, and the fruit from this is harvested and used in the kitchen to make patient food.
The hospice’s vegetable garden is a joint project with City of Chelmsford Mencap, whose students come and grow vegetables again to give to patients. Farleigh Hospice has worked with a student from the local Agricultural College, who designed a patient garden as part of her coursework.
The site runs a weekly gardening club for patients and recently bereaved relatives. The garden is looked after by a dedicated team of volunteers and kind donations from corporate funding.
In 2023, the NHS Forest donated 16 trees to the site.