Horatio’s Garden was lucky enough to have two excellent pupils join the team for work experience. Tia and Megan worked at the charity’s head office and in the Salisbury garden in July. All the team were really impressed with their hard work and are incredibly grateful for their contribution. 

Megan kindly sent a summary of their experience:

“On Monday 17th July we began our week of work experience at Horatio’s Garden. We were immediately warmly welcomed by Debbie, Stephen and the volunteers that we met throughout the day. Our first impression of the garden was what a beautifully calm and tranquil space it is which is enjoyed not just by patients and their families, but also by hospital staff, the volunteers that help maintain the garden and also visitors who are simply just passing through. To begin our work experience week, we watered plants in pots which provided us with an opportunity to begin to explore the garden for ourselves and the wide variety of plants that it holds. A similar opportunity was given to us in the afternoon where we refilled the vases in the Garden Room with beautiful fresh sweet peas, lavender and a variety of other plants. 

Tuesday and Thursday we were based in the office in Enterprise House, where we largely organised folders, tidied and helped prepare for future events by posting invitations and laminating signs. Wednesday and Friday we were back at the garden, continuing jobs such as watering and also tackling the Thrive Room with Debbie, which took a while but was extremely rewarding when we had finished and it was tidy! 

What struck us during our week of work experience is how passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic all staff and volunteers are, whether they are based in the garden or at the office, which was truly inspiring to see. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with the charity, so much so we both would love to come back and volunteer throughout the summer and during school holidays. A big thank you to Debbie and Stephen for providing us with the opportunity to have our work experience week with you, and we wish the charity the best of luck for the future.”

The team at Horatio’s Garden thank Tia and Megan for their excellent work and wish them all the best for the future.

If you are interested in work experience, volunteering or donating to Horatio’s Garden, you can find out how by clicking here