We are delighted to have led a much-needed hospital garden improvement scheme at the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Awards for All, a cold and grey space has been turned into an area full of plants and teaming with colour and smells.

The recent transformation has been popular with staff and patients alike. David O’Neil, the Lead Nurse of the ward remarked:

The patients have really benefited from the garden improvements. It’s now a pleasant outdoor space to spend time. The ongoing watering and weeding undertaken by patients and staff has been meaningful and enjoyable – this will also help in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of patients.

Naomi Davies, Planning Support Manager at Cwm Taff University Health Board commented:

Working with Keep Wales Tidy as a third sector organisation not only helped us to access funding for the much-needed garden improvements, but also meant we had access to their experienced and knowledgeable team, who planned and carried out the work for us.  It would have been very difficult to carry out without their help; and they were accommodating and respectful of the standards required for a challenging environment. After such a positive outcome we’d be interested in repeating this approach to benefit other areas of outdoor space across the Health Board.

Four substantial raised bed were created during this project. Over 160 plants were added, including herbs, ferns and lavender. Two existing benches were also revamped.

Jake Castle, Senior Project Officer at Keep Wales Tidy added:

A huge thank you goes to the National Lottery players and the Big Lottery Fund. Their support allowed us to carry out this really important work and it’s clearly been hugely welcomed by everybody at the hospital.

For more information about the project, contact Jake Castle

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