Friends help give a garden makeover to hospital courtyards
The Friends of Airedale have given the Airedale Hospital courtyards a boost by providing funding of £5000 to help maintain the lovely garden spaces for patients and visitors.
The Friends have bought a storage shed for each courtyard and the remainder of the money can be spent on plants, planters, benches or any other equipment that the courtyards need.
Allison Crocker, Senior Administrator for Facilities at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“We are very grateful for this fantastic donation which will help transform our courtyards and keep them looking beautiful all year round. We decided to buy the storage sheds as there was nowhere to keep all the tools and other supplies in each one, so these will really help and the rest of the money can be used for year round plants and displays.”
Many of the wards at Airedale Hospital look out onto green or outdoor spaces and the wards themselves are built around a series of inner courtyards. The project to allow people to adopt a courtyard started 18 months ago and now all 16 have been taken over by enthusiastic staff or other organisations to help brighten up the garden areas and create colourful displays all year round.
Scientific research shows that even just looking at green spaces can improve recovery and wellbeing. Exposure to nature also makes people feel better emotionally, contributes to physical wellbeing and reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.
Eileen Proud, President of Friends of Airedale says:
“We are absolutely delighted that the courtyards are being planted up and we are very happy to support this project – this is money well spent because it adds to patient comfort and pleasure when they can look out of the windows and see a beautiful garden area.”