Our hospice in Shrewsbury is currently undergoing some major building work. We are upgrading patient bedrooms on our Breidden ward so they all have ensuite facilities and we are improving the communal areas used by patients and their loved ones. As part of the work we are building a new conservatory for patients to enjoy and a new multi-faith room which has been moved from its previous location so it’s more central between the two wards.

As a result of the building work we have had to relocate a number of plants and shrubs so the builders can access the part of the hospice which is being upgraded. All of the plants which we have relocated seem to be doing well in their new locations. Hopefully the builders will finish the new multi-faith room and conservatory soon so we can get started on the planting scheme for that area.

At the hospice we try our best to limit the impact we have on the environment. By creating kitchen gardens and orchards at both sites we hope to grow more of our own produce and reduce our food miles. We try to compost as much as we can to cut down the amount of garden waste we have to dispose of and reduce the amount of compost we have to buy. We also have four water butts at both sites to try and collect as much rainwater as possible. Every garden needs lots of water especially at this time of year so the water we can collect in our water butts helps us reduce our water bills and is good for the environment.

Elsewhere in the gardens we are still busy preparing for the ‘Britain in Bloom’ and ‘It’s Your Neighbour’ judging later this month.


This week’s hints and tips

You can lessen the impact of moving a plant, shrub or tree if you move it correctly. Providing the right amount of water is paramount, under watering or over watering will have an impact on its reestablishment.

If you have a water butt in your garden try to keep it well covered to prevent the build up of algae and slime and to stop debris falling in.


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