Gardens in full bloom – greenspaces around RCHT get a summer makeover to help celebrate Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Exciting work around our hospitals’ greenspaces is currently underway, having previously been delayed due to lockdown. As we continue into the summer months, gardeners at the Royal Cornwall Hospital have been busy transforming the JK Memorial Garden, as well as the area outside the Dermatology department, to ensure our environments are as welcoming as possible for our patients and our colleagues.
Discussing the work currently undertaken, Aisne Platt, Facilities & Contracts Manager for the RCHT, explains: “So far, in terms of our progress with the JK garden, we’ve removed the conifers that were previously in place and will replant them on the site boundary. These have been replaced instead with nine white flowering cherry trees. We are also refurbishing the herb areas around the benches and are replanting the centre and side beds with ground cover flowers, lavenders and rosemary.”

Another area that is really important to our work currently is the Lavender Garden”, Aisne explains.

“”This is the currently placed on the road that runs alongside Dermatology. The Lavender Garden has been planted in celebration of Florence Nightingales’ bicentenary and the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020. There are different types of lavenders, planted underneath the tree here, including Hidcote, Munstead, intermedia Grosso and Vinca Major.”

Aisne concludes: “There are plans for a small plaque to be placed in the garden to let people know the background and why the Lavender Garden is significant to both the legacy of Florence Nightingales’ bicentenary and the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.”

Added on July 21, 2020, in News - General News