Vol­un­teer call for hos­pi­tals

Healthy gar­den work

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS - Staff re­porter

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

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