Garden at Rushmoor Country Park near Louth named after popular worker

Pictured at the renaming of the garden at Rushmoor Country Park near Louth are from left: Frank Nicholson, James Bird, Christine Saxon, Peggy Nicholson, Rachael Nicholson, Bill Hatchman and Annie Durrant. Photo: Ian Holmes
Pictured at the renaming of the garden at Rushmoor Country Park near Louth are from left: Frank Nicholson, James Bird, Christine Saxon, Peggy Nicholson, Rachael Nicholson, Bill Hatchman and Annie Durrant. Photo: Ian Holmes

A GARDEN at a local country park has been renamed in honour of one of its great success stories.

The area at Rushmoor Country Park at North Cockerington has been renamed and a plaque now bears the words ‘Rachael’s Garden’ after popular worker Rachael Nicholson.

Rachael, 48, who lives in Mablethorpe, a client of Linkage Trust’s Employment Services, and has worked at Rushmoor since first going as a student on a horticultural course.

A year on from becoming a fully fledged employee, Rachael has become an integral part of the tourist attraction helping out both in the grounds and in the tea shop.

A ceremony to mark the occasion was held on Thursday with the plaque unveiled by Rushmoor owner Bill Hatchman.

Rachael said it was ‘really nice’ to be given the honour, “The garden looks lovely when the sun comes out,” she said.

A well established partnership between Rushmoor and Lincoln-based charity Linkage originally gave Rachael the chance to take a day’s work each week which soon became two.

And after claiming ownership of a small daffodil bed Rachael’s ideas continued to grow and she soon began to plant in the whole of the garden.

Dad Frank said: “This is a wonderful thing, Bill and Maureen (Clarke) have been so good to Rachael.”

Rachael is ably assisted by support worker Amanda O’Sullivan when working at the park.

Amanda said: “Rachael has come so far since she started working here, her self esteem is so much higher.

“The garden is an ongoing job, but she’s keen to see it through and it looks fabulous.

“Rachael is also working hard on a herb garden which is also coming along very well.”

Rushmoor owner Bill Hatchman addressed those present at the unveiling, he said: “We can all now sit out and admire the wonderful work which Rachael and Amanda have produced.”

Watch a video of the unveiling ceremony on our website by clicking here.