Rooftop haven re­vis­ited!

Queen opens re­cy­cled Chelsea show­piece in Scot­tish hospi­tal

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Agold medal-win­ning rooftop gar­den from Chelsea has been of­fi­cially opened by the Queen in Aberdeen.

The Royal Bank of Canada Blue Wa­ter Roof Gar­den, from the 2013 event, show­cases how wildlife can be en­cour­aged and sus­tained in an ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment. Mak­ing use of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, the gar­den it­self has now been re­cy­cled on the hospi­tal rooftop, which is part of NHS Grampian.

Led by hospi­tal chap­lain the Reverend James Fal­coner, lo­cal groups and vol­un­teers raised more than £660,000 to make the project hap­pen. While plants and ma­te­ri­als were stored at a lo­cal gar­den cen­tre, de­signer Pro­fes­sor Nigel Dun­nett of Sh­effield Uni­ver­sity com­pletely re­worked the scheme to en­able pa­tients to be wheeled out­doors into smaller pri­vate spa­ces with vis­i­tors. He also re­worked plant­ing to cre­ate year-round in­ter­est. Re­tain­ing a cen­tral bub­ble foun­tain, the gar­den out­line was sim­pli­fied to look dra­matic from above and when lit at night.

“I’ve now seen how im­por­tant the gar­den is to pa­tients, car­ers and staff and how it’s used through­out the day, ev­ery­day,” said Nigel. “The Queen re­marked on the sooth­ing sound of wa­ter bub­bling and how im­por­tant it was for peo­ple to feel re­laxed,” he added. “She also saw that many of the plants were those vis­i­tors would be fa­mil­iar with, help­ing make them feel at home.”

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The orig­i­nal gar­den won gold at the 2013 Chelsea show Pro­fes­sor Nigel Dunne (left) and the Reverend James Fal­coner show the Queen the gar­den

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