Exciting new Wildflower and Nature Trail Spaces funded for our hospitals!

Greener Communities 1 Work has begun thanks to a generous grant from the Greener Communities Fund from environmental charity Hubbub and NHS Charities Together, funded by proceeds from the Starbucks 5p cup charge.
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The outdoor Wildflower and Nature Trail Spaces will provide a calming environment where NHS staff, patients and visitors can relax, recuperate and recharge - all whilst being surrounded by nature. Working with Laura Phillips, Trust Grounds Manager and RHS award winning garden designer, the green spaces will promote wellbeing and aid clinical healing at every step.

Patients and families will be able to reflect and contemplate in a natural, peaceful surrounding which will provide a break from indoor ward environments. The green spaces will be open to everyone, with all areas accessible for people with limited mobility or sight.

Richard Smith, Associate Director at Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity, said: “The funding from Greener Communities has made a huge difference and we are delighted to have the support from NHS Charities Together, Hubbub and Starbucks. As a charity we understand how important green spaces are - not just for our patients, but for the staff who care for them as well. We can’t wait to see the final result and we have lots more exciting plans for future green spaces in the pipeline!”

Volunteers from Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity, NHS Charities Together, Hubbub and Starbucks came together at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to help sow wildflower seeds, plant plugs and prepare the grounds for this exciting green space project.

“Today has just been amazing. I’ve been part of the Greener Communities project since the beginning and it’s been great to come out today and be part of the fantastic space that we are funding. It’s wonderful to see how these areas will transform the hospital, with patients greeted by this beautiful, bright and colourful wildflower garden as they enter the space. We’ve all had a fantastic day and it was really lovely to be joined by our two partner organisations as well.”

Olivia Hall, Grants Manager at NHS Charities Together

Sandrine Wong, Creative Partner at Hubbub, said: “It has been so inspiring to volunteer here today. I’ve enjoyed getting my hands dirty and really appreciate the hard work that goes into making greener spaces at the hospitals. I feel very lucky to be able to work on a project we’ve funded and help bring the vision to life. I can’t wait to see how everything grows over the next few months and I’m so proud to be part of such an important project.”


The Wildflower and Nature Trail Spaces are due to be completed later this year.

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