Sensory garden was Anne’s dearest wish

Anne Cormie. Picture: comp
Anne Cormie. Picture: comp
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A new garden is being created at the Marie Curie Hospice in memory of a former member of staff at the Botanics.

The garden, at the hospice in Frogston Road West, is inspired by Anne Cormie (née Prestage) who spent time there prior to her death in November last time.

Anne’s husband Andrew, from Linlithgow, is spearheading the project in her memory, while her former colleagues from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and some of her friends have been keen to lend their support.

Andrew 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 Botanic Garden 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’s former colleagues were happy to help.

He said: “Anne worked with us for a number of years and was passionate about sharing her love of gardening.”

Jacqueline Heggie, the Marie Curie Hospice’s 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.”