A beautiful wellbeing garden has been officially opened in the grounds of Normanby Hall Country Park.
The council’s Parks and Gardens team worked closely with local craftspeople, horticultural trainees and charities to create the relaxing space, where visitors can unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the 300-acre park.
Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy joined leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Rob Waltham and other project partners to open the garden on 27 May 2022.
Cllr Waltham said:
“The wellbeing garden is the latest in a long line of fantastic additions to the facilities at Normanby Hall and I am thrilled to see it open.
“We are fortunate to have such stunning green spaces in North Lincolnshire and we know how important these places are for residents’ health and wellbeing
“We are continuing to invest heavily in our parks and cultural attractions to make sure they look their brilliant best.
“Normanby is a great example of this – it is a fantastic destination for the whole family – whether visitors are cooling off in the splash pad, swinging through the trees at Go Ape, discovering fascinating history in the hall and rural life museum, or enjoying a round of golf, they are guaranteed a brilliant day out.”
Herbaceous perennials, colourful shrubs and grasses have all been planted with the help of trainees studying with on-site partner, R-evolution, a local charity that boosts skills in horticulture and soft mechanics, helping more people into work.
A special memorial bench, donated by The Scunthorpe Samaritans, is the perfect place to admire the beautiful plants, including clematis, jasmine, hellebores and many more.
Paul Baker, Director at Scunthorpe Samaritans, added: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with North Lincolnshire Council by buying a bench for the new wellbeing garden at Normanby Hall, one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the area. We hope that visitors to the garden will think of Samaritans if they need somebody to talk things over with at any time day or night.
“In an increasingly hectic world anyone can ring us for free, at any time, without an appointment on 116 123, and we can give you the time and space to talk about how you are feeling. You can also email us at email@example.com. We are always here, and we will never judge.”
Accessible paths have been installed in the wellbeing garden to ensure all visitors can enjoy the peaceful surroundings, which also includes a series of specially commissioned sculptures.
The adorable woodland animals, including squirrels, owls and hares, have been carved by local chainsaw artist Sarah Mitchell using sustainably sourced wood.
Buying an annual membership is the best way of enjoying the fantastic facilities at Normanby Hall.
Available from just £21, an annual membership offers year-round access to the park, complimentary parking, free entry to many of the park’s special event days and much more.