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New hospital garden provides a therapeutic area to enjoy

Wigton Community Hospital is hosting an opening ceremony for their new and improved garden therapy area.

Becky Blake, Occupational Therapist said: “The garden has been developed as an area to utilise therapeutic activity for patients, visitors, staff and gardening groups to all enjoy. Staff hope to combine gardening as a therapy technique into patient treatment and also use the improved area to practice mobility skills with patients. The garden has different surfaces, textures, steps and ramps so patients will experience more rounded therapy sessions to help their recovery.

“We are also hoping it will become a free to nibble area, where staff and visitors are encouraged to help themselves to produce as it ripens and also to provide education about healthy diets. We are keen that the space reflects people’s previous experience of gardening and rural life and the garden can evolve through patient suggestions.”

The garden landscaping works cost £10,000 and was raised through generous donations from several patients and a contribution from the hospital’s League of Friends.

Volunteers from the Allerby Garden Project and students from Nelson Thomlinson School have also been providing support by helping clearing the garden before the contractors began the landscaping and digging out, planting beds and completing woodworking projects.

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday 24th July at 1pm.