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'Paws-a-While' Garden officially opened

Leicester Animal Aid was thrilled to welcome special guests and supporters to the official opening of the ‘Paws-a-While Garden’ on Sunday 19th May. 

A once overgrown and neglected corner of the site has now been transformed into an oasis of peace and tranquillity thanks to Mars Petcare who funded and created the garden.

Last year more than 120 volunteers worked tirelessly to turn the unloved area into a haven for wildlife and a place for people to come to enjoy being close to nature. Each of the 14 teams had a specific project to complete which included creating a wildlife pond, building a bird hide, installing a gazebo, laying paving, planting and building a bug hotel. 

The ribbon was cut by Sharon Inchley, Site Logistics Manager at Mars Petcare, who was part of the team that created the bird hide.  Guests included LAA's ambassador Barrie Stephen, some of the teams that created the garden as well as Leicester Animal Aid staff and volunteers.  Guests enjoyed exploring the garden and listening to music provided by Enderby Band.

Special thanks must go to Chris Cooper-Hayes of Cooper-Hayes Garden Design who came up with the original design for the garden and gave teams his support. He also raised more than £300 for additional planting. 

After being dormant over the winter months the garden is now bursting with life and colour. We have Great Tits nesting in one of the bird boxes, tadpoles in the wildlife pond and beautiful plants in bloom.

The idea behind the garden was to create a space that, together with providing somewhere for people coming to the Centre to visit, could be used to bring people together and be used by different groups and organisations.

We want the space to be enjoyed and used. If you could spare some time to help keep the garden looking at its best or if you know any community groups who would benefit from visiting the garden – whether that’s just to come and sit for half-an-hour, look at the different wildlife habitats or fill up our bird feeders – then we’d love to hear from you.

Everyone at Leicester Animal Aid is so grateful to Mars Petcare for their continued support and generosity and we are looking forward to working with them over the coming months on a new project – a specially designed adventure playground for our dogs.