To create a therapeutic garden to cater for the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of our patients, their carers, family and friends.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1010930)
A lot of our patients get so much joy from seeing things grow. Sadly they no longer have the strength to look after their own gardens.
There are three main problems that we are trying to solve in addition to providing better facilities. There are no private areas for our patients to spend precious moments with their families in our garden. Access to the garden is only around the perimeter so our wheelchair-bound patients and those who are cachectic (severe muscle loss due to their disease) cannot get close to the plants and flowers. There are no raised beds for our patients to garden as a therapeutic, satisfying activity
We will firstly provide more privacy in the garden. Small spaces with high hedges will provide shelter and privacy, with a trellis planted with roses being erected in front of patient bedrooms facing the open area of garden. We will create pathways through the garden for our patients to be able to smell the scented flowers and be closer to nature. We will provide raised beds for our patients, supported by volunteers, to grow flowers, herbs and fruit.
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