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Creating a garden in remembrance of Betty Goble, for terminally ill patients

Posted on 11 April 2018

Our PIT (project implementation team) team have created a new garden area at Garden House Hospice in Letchworth.

Garden House Hospice provides specialist care for over 500 adults a year living with life-limiting illnesses in the North Hertfordshire area, serving a population of around 230,000 people.

Over two weeks, the overgrown area outside the entrance to the hospice has been transformed into an open seating space with a bench and parasol. The front and rear gardens have been tidied replanted and paths have been laid, making them easily accessible to residents. At the back, there is also new fencing surrounding the area.

This project is particularly meaningful for Groundwork in many ways as Garden House is where Betty Goble spent her last days before she passed away in 2015, at the age of 80. Betty was a very enthusiastic member of Hertfordshire County Council from 1981 – 1997 and she was actively involved in the establishment of Groundwork Hertfordshire 30 years ago. After 10 years as a Board Director, she was a committed member of the Hertfordshire Advisory Panel for many years.

In an interview with Betty for our 25th anniversary publication, she remembered fondly the first Groundwork project which involved planting daffodil bulbs along the A414. Betty was a well-known, popular lady and Groundwork staff and directors, past and present, were privileged to have worked with her.

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