Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust

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Part of Enhancing the Healing Environment

Date started: 1 Nov 2004
Organisation: mental health
Service: mental health
Project: gardens

Project location

Halberry Unit, Newport

Aims and Outcomes

The team wanted to make much better use of the limited outside space outside this elderly care unit.

Five areas have been created including a kitchen garden, 'shade' and 'flame' areas, a social space and entrance. The areas have been planted to add interest throughout the seasons and a Phoenix adorns the exterior wall. Spring bulbs will provide early colour, and imaginative wooden seating featuring woodland animals has been placed under the trees.

Outside the main day room, raised planters have been constructed and the vista opened up by reducing the height of the surrounding planting so that patients can enjoy watching the local wildlife. On the opposite side of the building a kitchen garden has been created not only to provide interest and activities as the fruit and vegetables grow but also to give those in the ward a chance to add exciting items to their diet.

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