Thanks to the generous donation from Crewkerne Community Hospital’s League of Friends, work to improve the inner courtyard garden is about to begin.
Architects plans have been drawn up to suggest improvements to make the best use of the space. Crewkerne’s League of Friends has agreed to fund the first part of the project which involves removing old dirty uneven paving slabs, levelling the ground to below the damp course, installing ramps so wheelchairs users have easy access and installing a non-slip level surface with raised beds. This is expected to cost around £18,000.
However, patients are being warned that work will cause a certain amount of disruption. Community Hospital Matron, Rebecca Miskin, will make sure notices are displayed to advise patients, their families and carers about the impact of the work.
The first phase is set to start on Monday 22 May and last for three weeks. Once the garden project is complete patients will be encouraged to use the garden for relaxation, social interaction, games, and gardening.
After this first phase, the existing garden furniture will be assessed to check whether any replacements are required and whether any more maintenance is needed so further work can be budgeted and funded.