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Community garden set for hospital

Kids from Kids 1st Nursery in Ashington helping  Groundwork worker James Stafford crush apples as part of a new project at Wansbeck General Hospital for the community to help create a new community garden in the hospital grounds. GM045720

Kids from Kids 1st Nursery in Ashington helping Groundwork worker James Stafford crush apples as part of a new project at Wansbeck General Hospital for the community to help create a new community garden in the hospital grounds. GM045720

A programme of activity to create a new community garden at Wansbeck General Hospital is under way.

Groundwork NE & Cumbria, working in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Northumbrian Water, will work with the community to create a garden that will provide a fully accessible, attractive and welcoming space in the hospital grounds.

Throughout the creation stage, keen gardeners and novices alike, as well as pre-schools, corporate groups, older people’s groups, hospital staff and members of the wider hospital community will be invited and encouraged to get involved though a variety of events and activities.

Groundwork is currently looking for people who may be interested in helping and getting involved in activities such as dry stone walling, growing plants from seed, planting trees, planting out flowers, constructing wooden raised beds, and creating a willow arch.

All tools and equipment will be provided and volunteers are welcome to attend a single session or regular ones.

Email anna.edwards@groundwork.org.uk for more information.

Ian McMinn, chairman of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “I am delighted that this project is underway in the grounds of Wansbeck General Hospital.

“Gardening is a healthy, sociable, outdoor activity and this is a great opportunity for people to get involved with their local hospital.”

 

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