'I really don't know what I'd do if I didn't have such a place'

June, Lanhydrock

The woods and walks around Lanhydrock have helped June through the grief of losing her husband and have also opened her up to a new group of friends and created a sense of belonging.

Along with her four-legged friend, June has found laughter and happiness at a place that holds special memories for her. Once a favourite trip with her husband, it is now a place she can keep his memory alive, but also create new ones with her fellow dog-walkers.

Lanhydrock has given June a sense of belonging
Walking her dog at Lanhydrock makes June happy
After the death of her husband June found comfort and friendship at Lanhydrock
June on a dog walk at Lanhydrock, Cornwall Play Video
Lanhydrock has given June a sense of belonging Walking her dog at Lanhydrock makes June happy After the death of her husband June found comfort and friendship at Lanhydrock

Audio transcript

Got to keep going

'Well initially when he died I still had to go on doing the things I do because I had the dog. I still had to walk the dog.

Even though, you know, I didn't necessarily, particularly feel it, because it meant you would meet people and they all tell you how sorry they are and it upsets you.

You know when you're bereaved you find it difficult not to let it go when people are sympathetic. Which they often are.

But Lanhydrock's a much better place because you can walk further, and it's more interesting for the dogs. And for the people.'

" It's one thing walking around a park, it's quite different if you've got Lanhydrock to explore."
- June

It's a happy place

'I started to meet other people with puppies. We started walking together, some of us. There's about 12 of us altogether, with about 16 dogs.

Really I need it. I love to go there, because I know that I'll be happy there and I'll meet people I know.

It's beautiful, you know, the actual place. No matter which bit I go to it makes me feel happy and glad to be alive.'

" I really don't know what I'd do if I didn't have such a place"
- June

'Because when you're working, like I've worked all my life, you see people all the time don't you? And you don't even think about it really, but it's after that, when you get older and you give up working.

This is it. I mean when you live on your own it's really nice to have people to walk your dog with and, you know, some friends.'