Birth record - Donald Staney Fisher at Mitford
- Sep qaurter (4b 314)
Beth Georgina Fisher
(1964) - Died 1981 aged 17, in London SE5 and
was interned at Mattishall Cemetery on June
1, 1981. - Plot Q33
A GARDEN OF PEACE
Having experienced their fair share of tragedy
and serious illness, donald and Margaret Fisher
have found great solace in the tranquility of
their large, peaceful, farmhouse garden.
In fact, they have found it so beneficial, they
have decided they most share it with others.
"People who have visited us have been quite
taken by the peace and quite our garden offers
and it seems a pity to keep it to ourselves,"
said Mr Fisher, who is dairyman of Mattishall
and surrounding area.
So the couple have decided to open their garden
each Friday as a place of retreat, particularly
for people seeking peace and spiritual renewal.
There is no charge and the gardens will be opened
It is an abundance of of trees, shrubs and flowers
and lots of hidey-holes with benches for anyone
wanting to be quite and alone. The garden is
a sanctuary for for many kinds of wildlife as
well as a variety of ornamental pheasants and
other foul, peacocks, canaries, and a small
heard of pygmy goats.
At one end of the garden is a copse of 200 trees
the couple planted perhaps 15 years ago and
a former swimming pool is now home to waterbirds.
Across the road and at the far end of the road
is a pond, dug by Mr Fisher for his wife as
a birthday present several years ago and now
another wildlife haven.
When the weather is not to good, visitors have
the use of a large caravan which has a small
stock of reading material - and tea and coffee
"We feel that in an age where everyone
is tearing and rushing about, people must make
time to be quite and relax," said Mrs Fisher.
"I had a time when I was very ill and that
experience open my eyes to how important it
is to find somewhere where you can be at peace."
The couple who are Methodists, are also planning
offer their garden, and part of their home,
as a venue to churches and other organisations
for group quite days.
visitors to the garden at Ivy Dene, Mill Road,
Mattishall are welcome on any Friday, while
the Fishers would be delighted to discuss for
group quite days with any organisation.