Planting at Wokingham Hospital – a real community effort

One evening at the end of 2014 the Town Hall was filled by volunteers who had helped with that year’s Thames and Chilterns in Bloom entry.  Part of the evening was a ‘brainstorm’ about projects for 2015.  One scheme that received an overwhelming thumbs-up was the restoration of five large brick built raised beds by Windsor Ward at Wokingham Hospital.  The impetus and drive to get this to a great place has come from Sally Maloy at the hospital, supported by the enthusiasm and horticultural expertise of Jenny Gilbert and Pauline MacBrayne.  At heart Sally wanted drab conifers and shrubs supplanted by more colourful flowers.

  • many large shrubs were removed from the beds by the hospital’s facilities team
  • Gardeneer donated a member of its team for several hours to remove a mountain of old shrubs
  • stumps and roots were ground out
  • Bloom volunteers spread loads of topsoil and compost
  • planting was planned and the plants purchased
  • On Sunday 14th June large numbers of 1st Woosehill cubs, beavers and scouts with their leaders and helpers undertook the planting
  • On Monday 15th june this was completed by patients attending the Young People with Dementia clinic at the hospital.

Truly a team effort.  Particular thanks to Public Health, Wokingham Borough Council for their help with funding, without which Sally’s ambitious plans would not have been so fully realised.  Patients and staff are so pleased with the outcome.

1st Woosehill

Some of 1st Woosehill

A scout showing Jenny how it's done!

A scout showing Jenny how it’s done!

Fired by this success Sally has plans for a wildflower bank and more plants by Ascot Ward.

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