Digging your scene - ward gardens set for grand opening

Charity and local business combine to boost patients

Digging your scene - ward gardens set for grand opening
20 February 2018


Staff at one of the wards at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust are preparing to unveil their new-look gardens following a huge makeover.

The gardens at Denbigh Ward at Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge, are being transformed thanks to donations from charity Friends of Fulbourn Hospital and the Community and a host of local businesses.

In the grounds of the 14-bed older people’s ward will be a cottage garden for patients and staff to enjoy, a sensory garden with wind chimes and plants that stimulate the senses, and a kitchen garden with raised beds where patients will be able grow salads, herbs, fruits and vegetables.

Friends of Fulbourn Hospital has donated more than £1,800 towards the gardens project. Much of the money came from a charity grant scheme run by Tesco which aids local projects. Following initial work to landscape the gardens and smooth the pathways which began in January, Friends of Fulbourn Hospital used the funding to buy plants, equipment and ornaments and for award-winning designer Paul Herrington to carry out much of the work.

A former psychiatric nurse, Paul – a bronze medal winner at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show - now runs Grow Places, a landscaping and gardening social enterprise. Planting is now underway ahead of the grand opening which will take place on Sunday, 25 February when a special lunch will be put on for patients and their friends and family.

Modern Matron Ramesh Subbiah, pictured above with Ward Manager Sue Richardson, said: “We wanted to give the gardens at Denbigh Ward a makeover – and we’re delighted with how they are coming together. It’s all hands to the pump now to ensure they are ready for the big day.

“Lots of people have helped us get this far, particularly the Friends of Fulbourn Hospital And The Community, along with many other local businesses who have contributed including Barton Oil Burner Services who have donated all the bird boxes, insect boxes and lots of time and labour and also Scotsdales who have donated many plants.

“When they are complete they are going to be a massive benefit both for the patients and for the staff who work on the ward.”

Sue added: “The gardens at the ward are really important to the care we give to patients. They provide a relaxing open space and can be hugely beneficial in helping staff and families to interact with patients where they can plant vegetables or just enjoy the many sights, smells and sounds the gardens will contain.”

Clive Brown, treasurer of Friends of Fulbourn Hospital and the Community, said: “We are delighted to have helped with the makeover of the Denbigh Ward gardens which we know will be a big boost to patient, their families and to the staff and we can’t wait to see Paul’s work for ourselves.”

Denbigh Ward at CPFT’s Fulbourn Hospital site in Cambridge is a purpose-built assessment unit for people with dementia.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media and Marketing Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
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