Garden will benefit Grantham Hospital patients suffering from mental health problems

New garden for patients of the Manthorpe Centre at Grantham Hospital.
New garden for patients of the Manthorpe Centre at Grantham Hospital.
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A DREARY courtyard at Grantham Hospital is being transformed into a garden for patients suffering from serious mental health problems.

The first phase of the project is now complete, by the Manthorpe Centre on the main hospital site. It will be used by patients, visitors and staff.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust commissioned the redevelopment, after research showed that access to gardens benefits people suffering from dementia and mental health problems.

The contract for works was handed to Lincoln-based design firm Apt Studios in December, along with a brief to create a safe garden space which can be used for therapeutic activities, such as horticultural therapy.

Guy Petheram, of Apt Studios, said: “The design addresses the specific challenges that are associated with dementia sufferers. A looped path begins and ends in the same place in order to prevent disorientation, and the space has been divided into three distinct areas designed to stimulate different memories.

“Familiar objects have been included such as a garden shed, bird baths and a replica Royal Mail letterbox, while other objects and plants provide sensory stimulation.”

The garden will be completed in the autumn when conditions are suitable for planting, and then formally opened in the spring.