People often tell us that Minsteracres, and especially the peace garden, represents a place of sanctuary for them. Soon, that will be true in more ways than one.
Let’s Get Growing, who run a nature-based therapeutic initiative in the peace garden to support people with varying health needs, have received planning permission to erect a wooden building in the garden to be known as the sanctuary.
They will be using wood from Minsteracres trees, harvested last year by the conservation volunteers and seasoned over winter. “The floor, frame and roof should be ready by July, and the cladding will be added during August,” says Ross Menzies, who with business partner Katrina Padmore runs Let’s Get Growing.
“The building has been born of necessity. It will be better for the group, offering somewhere for them to rest and shelter in comfort and we will have electricity and a wood burning stove.”
Money for the sanctuary has come from grants as well as from fund raising. Even the clients joined in and in May undertook a sponsored walk around Derwent reservoir.
“We were blessed with the weather – it was a lovey, sunny day during a short warm spell before the cold weather returned,” says Ross.
“They did really well. One client, Claire, raised around £200 on her own, as did Liz Hulme, one of our volunteers. Altogether we raised more than £800. The Manor House Inn near the reservoir has offered to help too, and even our bus driver Gordon gave us £10!”