Carol Tebbit became involved with St Richard’s through the garden at Rose Hill. Carol was already involved with the hospice through her husband Peter who had become the administrator in 1987. Over a five year period in the early 90s, working on average 3 days a week, she and a friend turned the muddy building site around Rose Hill into a beautiful and much-loved garden.
By the time St Richard’s had successfully completed the purchase and conversion of the beautiful Georgian manor house Rose Hill on the London Road in Worcester, there was no money left for the garden. Carol and her friend Margaret offered to help. In this extract, she talks about the state of the site when they first saw it, the hard work involved in painstakingly clearing it by hand, the generosity of local garden centres and the pleasure they got out of seeing patients and staff enjoy the outside space they’d created.