Hospital secures charitable funding to transform outdoor space

The garden will be used for activity and educational groups, and exercise.

St George’s Park, part of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW), will benefit from the trust’s charity – The SHINE Fund – to help service users and staff welfare.

The new area will include space to grow flowers and vegetables, sit and exercise, and a skills shed.

The garden will primarily be aimed at users of hospital services, but is also designed to benefit staff.

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It will be used for activity and education groups, as well as exercise therapy.

Work has begun to prepare the ground on the site run by CNTW, a provider of mental health and disability services in the North East and North Cumbria.

A combination of staff and service users will transform the area.

Jon Robson, Specialist Occupational Therapist and Vocational Training Manager, who led the project, said: “We want to make the area accessible to everyone and a comfortable and relaxing place.

“Acute service can sometimes be a noisy and distressing environment and the Occupational Therapy Peace Garden is designed to support well-being and recovery.

“The garden will provide an opportunity for service users and staff to take a break and spend time away from the service environment.”