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Lodders digs deep for Hospital’s charity garden


A team from local law firm Lodders will swap their legal books for trowels for one day to help create the town’s first-ever edible garden of wellbeing at the Stratford upon Avon Hospital.

The Hospital has won support from Lodders and a number of other local businesses to create its ‘Garden of Wellbeing’ of large raised beds outside the new Cancer and Eye treatment units.

Community garden

Once complete, the garden will deliver a sustainable and productive community area, which it is hoped will improve the wellbeing of hospital staff, patients and visitors, and also become an essential place for isolated people in the community to meet and work together.

The food grown in the garden will supply the Hospital’s new Wellbeing Cafe where it’s chef will use the ingredients to create nutritious and organic recipes.

Groups will be able to use the space for exercise classes, art workshops and community events.

The project is being masterminded by local charity The Forest of Hearts, which is working in collaboration with the NHS and with support from the Garden’s Patron and actor, David Bradley.

“Lodders is committed to supporting its local communities,” explains the firm’s Events Executive, Angela Howard. “The Garden of Wellbeing has been designed to be a community edible garden to improve the wellbeing of the hospital staff, patients and visitors.

“The garden will give people the chance to get outside to relax surrounded by delicious smelling herbs, vegetables and edible flowers. It will offer a place to heal, garden, socialise and ultimately a space to help improve the lives of people experiencing isolation and loneliness, providing a place for companionship and nurturing.

“The community focus of the garden, and our offices’ close proximity to the Hospital, make this the ideal project for the firm to support, and our team of gardening gurus are looking forward to being involved in the big planting on the 25th September.”

First of its kind

Carole Longden of Forest of Hearts, explains: “The Garden of Wellbeing will be the first of its kind, and really embrace wellbeing within the community.

“Thanks to BAM Construction apprentices, the garden has 12 raised beds which the team from Lodders and other local businesses, and our wonderful Patron, David Bradley, will plant on the 25th of September.”

David Bradley comments: “It is great to see the Forest of Hearts, NHS and local businesses working together like this to create a place for people to enjoy and heal. By working together, the community will create an oasis in the middle of Stratford that will support a huge number of local people.”

Image shows (left to right): Carole Longden (Forest of Hearts), David Bradley, and Emma Bond (NHS SWFT).

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For more information about this project, please contact Angela Howard on 1789 206928, or via email.