Work started at the beginning of the year with funding from local community and NHS Charities Together. What was a blank piece of inaccessible grass, has been transformed by DJR Landscapes with the voluntary design from James at Outside Spaces Garden Design.
Claire James, Lead Chemotherapy Matron had a vison to create a space for patients, families and staff to relax. At the charity, we wanted that vison to become a reality.
“Quite often a lot of patients suffer from anticipatory nausea before they start their chemotherapy treatment. This is sickness that is brought on before their treatment has even started as they just associate being in the waiting room / ward / hospital with being sick. This particular group can now sit outside whilst they wait for their treatment.”
Emma Carr, Arts and Creative Manager and project lead, cut the ribbon on Monday saying;
“This is our garden, our place to be proud of and treasure. We will open it. I have enjoyed the project coming to life. Seeing the wildlife that is now around and the plants grow. We have welcomed sculptures from the community including ‘Mini Bob created out of a breeze block by Bob in our post room. we would like to build on this collection from people like you”.
Over 700 plants and trees have been planted, seating donated and art murals designed on the wall to give all year round colour.
Cancer patients and families use this space daily and love spending time walking around. Staff use for breaks and even celebrating the 20th anniversary of our stroke department!
From start to finish….. although a garden is never finished!
We still want to do more.
Please keep supporting our work in this special place.