Project information

Patients’ Garden Appeal for Joseph Weld Hospice

To provide a pleasant easily accessible garden area for patients and their carers at Joseph Weld Hospice following the refurbishment and extension of its Day Hospice. This will include new pathways out into the grounds allowing easier access for them and will allow more light into the building.

February 2011 - May 2011

Charity information: Weldmar Hospicecare

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  • Need


    The original gardens in this area were not easily accessible to patients and were therefore not fully used. Access to the remainder of the Hospice’s grounds was limited for Day Hospice patients from that part of the building. There were no areas for privacy, peace or private conversations.


    The re-building of the raised beds, removal of steps and reorganisation of the garden and paved paths will allow easy access around the gardens. Patients with be able to view and smell plants and together with their carers and staff will be able to move safely away from the building for peace and privacy (but still be nearby for safety)

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establish a safely, accessible and peaceful garden for Day Hospice and other patients and carers


    » Easily accessible pathways direct from Day Hospice for patients into the gardens
    » Raised beds so that patients in wheelchairs can view and smell plants
    » Enable patients to move safely away from building for peace and privacy but remain nearby for any assistance
    » Provide outside seating and bird feeding areas to allow patients to watch birds and other wildlife

    What success will look like

    Success will be achieved by being able to offer our patients this new facilities which they feel able to use in complete safety

  • Impact


    The project will provide a long lasting enjoyable and safe environment for our patients from completion onwards allowing them access to nature, and wildlife in their natural habitat. It will also open up views across the grounds of the Hospice which are not available at the present time.

    The success will be that we will be able to provide our patients with the opportunity to use the garden in the warm weather, view wildlife and have open views from inside the Day Centre.


    The only risk is that weather might delay the completion of this project but only for a matter of days.


    All donors to this appeal will receive email updates and be invited to view it upon completion.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £29,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Garden design Payment for the design of the garden
      £20,000 Landscaping Raised beds, paved and bricked pathways etc
      £4,000 Plants, Furniture & Wildlife f Cost of planting for the project, seats, tables and wildlife feeders
  • Background


    Weldmar Hospicecare Trust’s in-patient unit, Joseph Weld Hospice, is in Dorchester, Dorset and serves the communities of north, west and south Dorset.


    Its Day Hospice there serves patients who live within a ten mile radius of Dorchester and offers them not only activities, but also access to our professional staff whilst they are there. The refurbishment/modernisation works to the building and those to the garden will also encourage younger people to use our service.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Weldmar Hospicecare Trust’s is the sole provider of specialist palliative in-patient care in North, South and West Dorset and has three Day Hospices, one of which is at Joseph Weld Hospice. Open some 18 years ago, the Day Hospice there now requires major updating and the Trust has been fortunate to secure a proportion of the funding from the D of H through their hospice grant fund. However, the funding did not extend to the gardens which is an extremely important part of the works.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alison Ryan

    CEO of Weldmar was previously CEO of Thrive and has in depth knowledge of the use of gardens etc as therapy for patients

    Clare Hart

    Lead Nurse for Day Care, Clare has been Head of Garden Project and has consulted with patients and carers to ensure that their needs are fulfilled

    Isabel Baker

    As Lead Occupational Therapist Isabel has been very involved in ensuring that the design is correct for patients with all levels of mobility.