The grounds surrounding The Mill are a hidden gem in the local area. Now we want more people to enjoy them – and hope The Mill will draw people in to explore.

The grounds of St Catherine’s Park are open to the general public to visit whenever they wish. See below to find out more about the park’s features, and click here to explore the gardens using our 360-degree virtual tour.

The development is just one part of St Catherine’s Park which also encompasses:

The Sensory Garden


This delightful garden, designed with a Victorian English theme, is full with plants, flowers and herbs which appeal to the five senses of sight, smell, sound, touch and taste.

The relaxing space – where the central feature is a beautifully restored vintage pergola – also features a water fountain and bench seating where people can sit and soak up the sights, sounds and smells.

The project was funded using grants generously donated by Global Renewables, Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Environmental Fund, who worked together with St Catherine’s Hospice staff to create and deliver the garden.

The idea was to create a tranquil space where people – including visitors, patients, families, carers and the bereaved – can relax and unwind close to nature. Health benefits of the space for patients include reducing anxiety, aiding better sleep and lowering blood pressure, while the area also provides an informal space where people can socialise, enjoy some contemplative time, or even have sessions with medical or social care staff.

The St Catherine’s Wetland and Woodland Reserve


The St Catherine’s Wetlands and Woodlands Reserve is an area being developed by The Mill and St Catherine’s Hospice for visitors, patients, families, staff and volunteers to enjoy for gentle walks and quiet reflection.

It is already attracting a diverse range of wildlife including birds, butterflies and insects, and is also home to many wild flowers.

St Catherine’s Hospice


St Catherine’s Hospice is a much-loved local charity which provides specialised care and support to help people affected by life-shortening illness have quality of life and dignity in death.

Working from the in-patient and day therapy units at the nearby hospice, as well as out in the community delivering care in people’s own homes, the team of doctors, nurses, therapists and support workers aim to look after the whole person – and not just treat the condition.

It costs around £5m each year to run the hospice’s services – £3.7m of which has to be raised through charitable support.

As well as being an exciting new community venue and resource, The Mill is also an important new way to raise funds for St Catherine’s. All profits raised at The Mill are ploughed back into the hospice, and it is also hoped that the events, activities and the welcoming cafe will draw new people into St Catherine’s Park where they will find out more about the work of the charity and be inspired to lend their support.

Click here to visit the hospice’s website to find out more about their important work as well as the latest news and fundraising events.

The Woodside Clinic
The Woodside Clinic is the hospice’s outpatient clinic for those living with lymphoedema – a condition which affects the body’s ability to drain waste fluid because of damage to the lymphatic system. The accumulation of fluid in the body’s tissues causes swelling known as lymphoedema. There are two types – primary, which is often hereditary – and secondary – which can be brought about by cancer treatment, surgery, trauma or infection.

The award-winning team based in St Catherine’s Park offers treatments to ease discomfort and improve quality of life. They are all highly trained to provide people with the information they need to understand and manage their symptoms through a range of tailored therapies. This includes traditional methods such as massage and bandaging, as well as treatments using the latest pioneering equipment.

The service treats children as well as adults, providing the only paediatric Lymphoedema Service in the North West.

Click here for more information about the service.


We want everyone – from dog walkers to joggers to wildlife photographers – to enjoy St Catherine’s Park.

Hope to see you here soon!