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Work on Grantham Hospital garden to start soon after £15,000 raised

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Work on a hospital garden is due to begin next month after a fund-raising target of £15,000 was reached.

Landscaping work on the first garden for GROW (Gardens Restore Our Wellbeing) will take place at Grantham Hospital. Nikki Applewhite, co founder of the charity, said: “I am staggered at the generosity of the local community; the people of Grantham are very passionate about their hospital and seem thrilled that this initiative is starting in their home town”.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust have set up a licence with GROW to ensure the gardens will be cared for and become a lasting benefit to the health and wellbeing of patients, therapists and staff.

An artist's impression of the garden at Grantham Hospital. (12351585)
An artist's impression of the garden at Grantham Hospital. (12351585)

The garden, outside ward 6, will have plenty of seating and room for patients to be taken outside even if they are confined to bed. Ward 6 sister Tracey Pemberton said: “This will make such a difference to our patients wellbeing and speed of their recovery.”

It is now well documented that patients with access to ‘green’ views are discharged from hospital sooner and while in hospital require fewer and less-aggressive painkillers and are not as dependent on nursing staff attention.

Sharon Hurrell, ULHT project Manager and initiator of ‘Adopt a garden’ at Grantham said: “It’s really happening now, isn’t it. I am so pleased”

A second garden is being drawn up for design. Emmy Shelton, of Applewhite Garden Design, said: “This is a small space which needs to offer a peaceful sanctuary for patients whilst waiting for an appointment.”

Outpatient secretary Elaine Platts contacted GROW to ask for help with their garden. Together with all the outpatient nursing team they have already raised £425 from their Easter extravaganza towards the garden. Once there is a design in place an estimated cost of the project can be scheduled and fundraising for the outpatients garden will start.

The next GROW event is on July 7 when two gardens will be open to the public, one in Gelston and the second in Beckingham for tea and cakes. Visit www.growcharity.co.uk to see more details.

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