Green-fingered stroke patients at Grantham Hospital are making use of a newly refurbished garden as part of their rehabilitation therapy by planting seeds and selling pepper and tomato plants.
A rundown greenhouse and garden has been transformed by the facilities team at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and kitted out with equipment donated by local organisations.
The therapy garden project has enabled rehabilitation to take place in a natural environment offering all the health benefits of the outdoors while still focussing on the patient’s individual goals.
There are also plans to involve dementia patients as the project becomes more established as research shows that gardening is an excellent way to stimulate positive memories.
Patient Ernie Wellings found the garden really uplifting for his mood during his stay in hospital.
Lynne Cook, Occupational Therapy Assistant, said: “I think that the staff get as much from the therapy sessions as the patients do. There really is no better feeling than seeing a patient really enjoying the garden.”