Generous donations from kind members of the local community have helped to transform the Chapel Gardens at the hospital this summer.
The gardens had originally been developed over 20 years ago, as a memorial to former staff member Pathologist, Sheila Worthington, but had passed their original glory.
Donations have enabled the chapel to renew the gardens as places of peace, beauty and tranquillity in the midst of the hospital.
Work to redevelop the garden started last year, when garden designer Anna McArthur created landscape designs that built upon the shape of the original gardens but made them more accessible to patients and visitors.
Sid Bibby Landscapers transformed the landscaping with attractive drivesett kerbs, extended pathways and a new entrance. Donations also helped to purchase a lovely archway and pergola. The statue of ‘Globin the Clown’, who found his crumbling self in the way of disabled access, was carefully moved to a more comfortable seat.
The hospital would like to thank everyone who helped to create this stunning space, for reflection and relaxation, including the many volunteers who support the chapel in the hospital. Young people from Warwickshire Youth Justice also spent hours clearing weeds and brambles and ‘Men in Sheds’, who are based at the hospital, built trellises.
The planting is now in full bloom with jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle climbing up the trellises and flowers growing at great speed!
George Eliot Hospital Chaplain, Rev Ricarda Witcombe said: “We have been so delighted to see more and more people discover the garden, especially while the weather has been fine. It’s a lovely place for lunch, or for a conversation, or just for some time out. The new doors also make it easily possible for a patient in a bed to come outside.
“The garden now looks a bit different every week, as the plants are coming into flower – there’s a new colour or fragrance everywhere we look. However, we are not finished yet and plan further enhancements later this year including a bulb planting week in October.
“Local people, visitors and staff are invited to an official garden opening day on Tuesday 10 October, at 1.00 p.m. Visitors can help to plant bulbs or just enjoy the space – so if you haven’t already, please do come and have a look.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help maintain the garden can contact the Chaplaincy Team on 024 7686 5046