Volunteer call for hospitals
Healthy garden work
People are being invited to boost their health by joining the growing ranks of volunteers working in Lanarkshire’s hospital gardens.
Kirklands in Bothwell is just one of the many venues where you can find green-fingered in-patients, out-patients and family members.
They are growing fruit, veg and flowers in the grounds and as well as sprucing up the area, they are enjoying the healthy benefits from the work.
Hospitals in Douglas, Cleland and Coathill are also taking part. Activities at each of the hospital sites see volunteers growing food, learning new horticultural skills, planting fruit trees and improving each site for people and biodiversity.
Volunteer groups have been set up as part of the Lanarkshire NHS Green Health Project and recently joined forces with the Clydesdale Food Network, which supplies locally-grown produce to the Clydesdale Foodbank as well as weekly healthy eating sessions at Clydesdale Community Initiatives (CCI) Community Kitchen, based in Lanark.
CCI sessional worker Laura Gilchrist said: “This project has been running at the Lanarkshire NHS sites with great success and are open to all. Not only have we grown a huge range of veg, but the hospitals have also used the produce for healthy eating groups making potato scones, soup and apple tarts.”
At Kirklands, new planters and benches were filled with soil and winter bedding and bulbs. They have also cleared and tidied the therapy garden at Kyle Park in Blantyre. To get involved email he[email protected]web.org.uk.
Greenfingerssome volunteers at Kirklands Hospital