Hitchin landscaping team hope to give four-year-old girl with Down’s Syndrome dream garden

Chris Standen, (Aerial Images), Shane Johnson, (Heaven and Earth Landscaping), Dan Mayhew, (DJM Buil

Chris Standen, (Aerial Images), Shane Johnson, (Heaven and Earth Landscaping), Dan Mayhew, (DJM Building) with Roxanne Shaves and her two children, Brooke Mawer and Faith Mawer, in the garden which will be landscaped - Credit: Archant

A Hitchin landscaping team is calling on the community to lend its support to a project to create the dream garden for a four-year-old girl with Down’s Syndrome and her baby sister.

Stevenage sisters Brooke Mawer and one-year-old Faith are currently confined to the house because their overgrown garden is too dangerous for them to venture into.

After Shane Johnson of Heaven and Earth Landscaping met the family last year, he was determined to help them out by choosing to transform their Vinters Avenue garden as his goodwill project for the year – to the delight of 23-year-old mum Roxanne Shaves.

She said: “We can’t wait for the project to get started – we are all so excited.

“My daughters can’t go into the garden because the steps are broken and the ground is uneven – it needs to be made safe for children.


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“When I first met Shane and he told me the work that needed to be done to the garden – which came to about £2,000 – I thought we would have to pay, which I knew I couldn’t afford as a one-off payment.

“I was so shocked when Shane said Heaven and Earth would be taking it on as their goodwill project.

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“It would be amazing to have colourful paints in there and sensory mirrors for Brooke.

“We want to take this time to thank everyone so much for all the help work and donations so far. It’s very generous of you all.”

Shane, who lives in Hitchin, is hoping to complete the project over the second weekend of July, but needs all the help he can get to get the job done.

The 39-year-old said: “It is three-feet overgrown with weeds, big holes and they can’t get in there at the moment because is a complete mess.

“The garden was left in a state by the previous builders who worked on it and didn’t finish the job.

“It needs a six-foot fence all the way round, turf, hand rails and decking. We are getting there and have raised more than £600 so far.

“Brooke needs to be out in the garden in order for her to develop and grow.

It’s heartbreaking to see her without a garden, she runs over to you when you meet her and she’s full of energy.

“The family were over the moon when we told them. People are very willing to help once they know about the project.

“Time is against us and I have a business to run myself, but with people’s help we can get it done.

“We need as many donations as possible – whether it’s money, materials, toys, tables or chairs.

“Anyone is welcome to help on day.”

For more information on the project search for ‘a garden for Brooke and Faith’ on Facebook.

To lend your support to the team call Shane on 07507 671926 or email shane.johnson77@hotmail.co.uk.

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