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Camilla opens cancer care garden

Camilla at the garden
Camilla met local people and toured the garden

A therapeutic garden for cancer patients has been officially opened by Camilla, the Duchess of Rothesay.

The garden, at Dundee's Maggie's Centre, is a circle of about 33m diameter with stepped sides.

It was created by internationally renowned landscape designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd.

Her Royal Highness Camilla met with NHS staff and families who use Maggie's Dundee during her visit and took a tour of the garden with the designer.

Maggie's staff hope that the garden will provide a place for contemplation.

A separate small area, planted with flowering shrubs and roses, can be used as an outside room for patients and their families.

Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie's, said: "I am honoured that our president, Her Royal Highness, opened our new garden today at Maggie's Dundee.

"This is a groundbreaking step for Maggie's, as we open our first ever therapeutic landscaping project, which will form an intrinsic part of the healing experience for centre users.

"At Maggie's we greatly value the power of design and environment to lift people's spirits and I don't think that anyone can deny the power of this garden to induce positivity, creativity and reflection in individuals."

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