The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

M&S transform Children's Hospital garden

15 June 2017

Volunteers from the Pudsey branch of Marks and Spencer have given the Leeds Children’s Hospital garden a makeover, clearing out the beds, and adding sensory plants, bird boxes and bug hotels.

The Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal has been nominated as Charity of the Year 2017 by staff at Marks and Spencer Pudsey. Last week volunteers pulled up their sleeves and dedicated a day’s work to revitalising the island area at the front of the Clarendon Wing entrance.

Plants were chosen for their sensory qualities - such as scent or texture - and bug hotels were placed amongst the beds to encourage wildlife diversity. Bird boxes painted by children on the wards were hung from branches above the garden.

Children's Hospital

Alec Mussons, Service Manager for Children’s Services, said: “We wanted to make it an attractive place for children to spend time in. In good weather, nurses and play therapists can take children from the wards to play, exercise, and enjoy the positive effects of a sensory outdoors environment.”

“We’re really grateful for all the hard work the volunteers put in. Despite the unrelenting rain, they had smiles on faces the whole time, and finished well ahead of schedule,” he added. “One of our patients, Paige, came down with her play therapist to see how the work was getting on - she loved it!”