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The hospital will receive over £45,000 to create an experience garden for patients, staff and visitors

By Vaseline May30,2024

A sensory courtyard is being created at Dorset County Hospital (DCH) thanks to a £45,204 grant from the Greener Communities Fund.

DCH’s sustainability team has applied for funding to transform a disused courtyard opposite Special Care Dentistry into a sensory courtyard for patients, staff and visitors to use.

The Greener Communities Fund supports the creation or improvement of green spaces for the health and well-being of people with limited access to green space.

Bev Lagden, Sustainability Manager at Dorset County Hospital said:
“We are happy with this financing. It will allow us to transform a neglected courtyard into a beautiful, tranquil space, allowing people to take a break and spend some time in a peaceful garden that stimulates their senses.”

DCH is committed to maximizing the positive social value impact it has on local communities. The Trust will work with local organizations Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester Men’s Shed and Little Green Change on the planting scheme for the garden, which will also include new doors and the ground will also be leveled for disabled access.

Jo Howarth, Director of Nursing at Dorset County Hospital, said: “Whether you are a patient, a staff member or visiting a loved one, it is important to be able to step away from the busy and sometimes overwhelming hospital environment and have a moment of peace. to take. moment. We also know that nature can have a positive impact on people’s physical and mental health and promote recovery, so we look forward to creating this new space.”

Teddy Reynolds, horticulture student at Kingston Maurward College and part of the project team, said: “It gives me the unique opportunity to be part of a professional design project. I gain insight into how a project is carried out and all the processes involved in developing and implementing a complete garden design. This way I can give something back to the local community.”

The garden will open later in 2024.

KMC students discuss ideas for the experience garden

KMC students discuss ideas for the experience garden


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