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Grow Wild ‘The Power of the Flower'

Members of the community and NHS staff went wild at Lymington New Forest Hospital on Monday 27 April 2015 to support a national gardening campaign.

Grow Wild 'The Power of the Flower'

Grow Wild’ inspires communities across the UK to work together to transform local spaces by sowing and growing native wild flowers. It is led by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Volunteers arrived at 2.00pm and started to prepare the ground by removing weeds and raking the soil. They spread several bags of compost onto the area and began to sow 3 types of wild flowers. The flowers should start to appear within a couple of weeks and won’t need much maintenance - just the occasional watering in the summer.

Sally Banbery, Non Clinical Services Manager, said “the wild flowers and attracted wildlife will create a beautiful outlook for inpatients who overlook the area. We hope it will enhance the patient’s recovery as the bright colour of the wild flowers will have a relaxing and uplifting effect on people.”

Lymington New Forest Hospital, run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, is one of four community areas and nine schools to plant wild flowers in Lymington and the New Forest. They have named the project ‘The Power of the Flower’.  This is part of a major project at the hospital, the second of which is to develop an internal courtyard into a space that is really inviting and somewhere that both patients and their relatives can use and enjoy.

Gill Hickman, Project Coordinator for Grow Wild said “I was genuinely inspired by the number of NHS staff and members of the community who came out to support the project. The work in schools is building its own exciting momentum.”

Ann Milner, Volunteer from the League of Friends who is supporting the project said “the colourful view will hopefully enhance patients experience during their stay at hospital. They will be able to sit and look at the flowers from their rooms, and could even be taken to see the area up close if they are well enough.”

Published on 28 April 2015 by Sarah-Louise Medley
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