Anne’s dream garden grows at hospice site

Andrew Cormie is pictured with the garden team at the Marie Curie Hospice
Andrew Cormie is pictured with the garden team at the Marie Curie Hospice

Staff from The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh started work on this week on a new 
garden at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh.

The garden is inspired by their former colleague Anne Cormie (née Prestage) who spent time at the hospice prior to her death in November 2014.

Anne’s husband Andrew from Linlithgow is spearheading the project in her memory and colleagues from The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh along with friends of Anne’s are keen to lend their support.

Andrew Cormie said: “Anne had a long battle with cancer and I was deeply moved witnessing first-hand the quality of care she received in her last few days.

‘‘I now truly understand why the Marie Curie hospices have such a special place in the hearts of those who, like me, have seen just what an incredible job they do on a day to day basis.

“Over the last two to three years of her life, Anne developed a strong desire to create a healing, or sensory garden for the benefit of others. She was very distressed when she realised that her illness looked like preventing her from achieving this.

“Very soon after her death I thought it would be such a fine thing if I, with the help of others, could bring Anne’s dream to fruition, so I spoke to a number of Anne’s friends at the Botanical Gardens and family members and friends outside of work, and was bowled over by the enthusiastic response and the number of people who wanted to help with the project.

“In talking to staff, it transpired that something could be created in the hospice grounds, and a rough plan began to emerge.

“I am so excited that we can create something that will benefit those who come to the hospice, which, at the same time will see my wife’s dream become a reality.”

Robert Unwin from The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh said: “Anne worked with us for a number of years and was passionate about sharing her love of gardening.’’

Jacqueline Heggie, Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh, facilities manager said: “We’re thrilled to accept this special gift in memory of Anne from Andrew, their friends and Robert and his team from The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.’’