The greenhouse is extra wide to enable wheelchair user's access and integral staging has been fitted so patients can remain in the comfort of their chairs to pot and sow seeds. These adjustments will allow all patients to use the facility.
Therapeutic benefits offered by the new greenhouse include exercise and the chance to learn new skills, psychological benefits such as alleviating stress, and social space to work with friends.
Lloyds Bank Community, the Worshipful Company of Gardens, the Clan Trust and a volunteer have donated towards the new facility. Carillion built the base of the greenhouse for free and Greenhouses Direct in Hertfordshire will be building the greenhouse.
The greenhouse is the first part of a larger project to create a new kitchen garden for its patients in its Hillington premises. The finished kitchen garden will include raised beds and large pathways for easy access to wheelchair users, and two seating areas and a walkthrough pergola for a place to relax.
The hospice is also calling for donations of topsoil, seeds, plants, and compost - call 01485 601701 if you can help.