Penny Brohn UK’s pretty Somerset garden

PUBLISHED: 11:48 06 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:48 06 September 2016

The beautiful flora of Penny Brohn

The beautiful flora of Penny Brohn


Somerset garden has been transformed into a number of beautiful spaces by a team of volunteers

‘A place to forget your troubles’ and ‘a wonderful garden to experience nature’ – just two quotes from visitors to a special landscaped garden in the village of Pill.

This four-acre plot, with views over the River Avon, adjoins Penny Brohn UK’s National Centre, where they have been helping people with cancer for more than 35 years.

Based on the outskirts of Bristol in a Grade II listed house dating back to the time of Queen Anne, Penny Brohn UK (formerly the Bristol Cancer Help Centre) arrived here in 2002.

Prior to this the house was part of a general hospital and in the late 18th century the property was owned by the Brights, a rich merchant family. (Dr Richard Bright Jr gave his name to the kidney condition Bright’s disease).

Today the garden - with its mature trees, meadow, historical folly and summer house - provides a relaxing setting for visitors to the centre. The site has its own honey-producing beehives and the garden attracts wildlife, explains Jason Hulbert of Penny Brohn UK.

“Alongside Penny Brohn’s bees, many butterflies and birds flutter in. The charity also has owl boxes, and night creatures, such as foxes, often come out to play.

“A dedicated team of volunteers, many being green-fingered gardeners, maintain and enhance the garden, to make it as enjoyable as possible. They carefully select plants and trees that will prove fascinating yet calming to visitors. Without them, Penny Brohn could not maintain its garden,” he adds.

A trail unveils everything the garden has to offer, while the folly and summer house are ideal for outdoor meetings.

There are future plans for an owl watch-themed evening, but anyone with cancer and a close supporter are welcome to attend one of the charity’s free holistic courses, or they may ask to visit the gardens at any time.

The goal is to maintain the garden for each season, but Penny Brohn welcomes suggestions on how to improve the garden.

As other visitors have said, this is a ‘gem of a garden’; a wonderful place to ‘rest and recuperate in gorgeous surroundings.’

About Penny Brohn UK

With more than 35 years’ pioneering experience, Penny Brohn UK understands that cancer impacts every part of a person’s life and the number affected is increasing.

It is the UK’s leading charity offering whole person support - its Bristol Whole Life Approach, focused on the person and family’s mind, body, spirit and emotions, before, during and after treatment.

Penny Brohn UK’s free adult residential and day courses empower people to have more control of their health and wellbeing.

The charity focuses on areas such as diet, exercise and managing stress, through courses, one-to-one therapies, groups, a treatment support clinic and national helpline.

For more information call 0303 3000 118, email or visit

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