Children’s ward garden now open

Posted on August 2, 2018 by AireAdmin No Comments

Planters containing flowers as well as edible plants, and an insect home

The celebrity-designed garden at Airedale hospital’s children’s ward is now officially open. The occasion was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony and tea party in the garden.

The sun shone as ITV’s Katie Rushworth cut the ribbon to welcome everyone into the garden on Friday 28 July. Katie, who is originally from Baildon, presents the popular ITV gardening show ‘Love Your Garden’ alongside Alan Titchmarsh. She offered her design services for free to the hospital last year. Yorkshire-based landscaping contractors G Clarke Landscaping offered their building work for free, and carried out the bulk of the landscaping work in the garden.

The garden is a special relaxing space for children and their families, away from the noisy play areas. It is also visible from the windows in many of the bays, and has been designed in zones so that the view from each of the windows is different. This means that children who come in regularly, and stay in different areas of the ward, can see new things every time.

Katie Rushworth said: “It’s brilliant to come back and see the garden, it looks fantastic and it’s good to hear that other people have been adding to it with donations. The great thing is that it’s not just the children’s ward who have benefitted; other patients are using it and that’s the beauty of a garden, it brings people together.”

Gareth Clarke and Katie Rushworth with children’s ward staff and children

Landscaper Gareth Clarke from G Clarke Landscaping, said: “It’s turned out really well. It was hard work in the wet, boggy weather earlier this year but it was a pleasure to do it and I am glad we could help.”

Amy Kitching, paediatric research nurse, said: “We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved and so grateful to Katie, Gareth and everyone who has donated their time or garden decorations – huge thanks to the community who have been behind us all the way.

“We now have a space that has something for everyone – it’s educational, therapeutic and our patients can also chill out here. The children love it and we have some exciting plans for Hallow’een and Christmas.”

Sponsors including Suzie Ramsbottom from Asda, representatives from AW School of Dance, Richard Owens from Tillers Turf and children from Sutton CP School pictured with Gareth and Katie

As well as Katie’s design work and the groundworks by G Clarke Landscaping, the ward also received donations from the following local companies and organisations: AGH Solutions Ltd, Asda, A T Lee Properties, AW School of Dance, Bolton Abbey Mowers, Brook Taverner, Copperwaite Fleet Management, Chippindale Plant, Greenland Turf, Fives Landis, Friends of Airedale, JACS, J N Bentley, Firehouse Dance School, Morrisons, Naylor Myers, Sutton in Craven CP School, Tillers Turf and Water Street Primary School.



If anyone would like to support the garden, donations can be made to the hospital charity Paediatric Trust Fund but please specify that it is for the garden.

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