We're very fortunate to have outdoor space at Franklyn Hospital in Exeter, which includes a small orchard which was planted a few years ago with the help of Devon Wildlife Trust. Since then, patients have been involved with planting a willow arch and seating arbour, and have participated in some creative consultation methods to develop the area as a therapeutic outdoor space, led by Liz Sanders, Occupational Therapy Assistant.
This year, the hope is to put in paths to open up access to the space for all, adding seating, sculpture and nature trails.
To encourage wildlife and pollination, staff and patients would like to sow a wildflower meadow in the orchard. This has been made possible thanks to 14 volunteers from GoodGymExeter who removed 30 meters of turf from the designated wildflower area to prepare the ground for seeds. The volunteers arrived onsite in the evening after a 6km run armed with head torches and a huge amount of goodwill!
Click here to read the GoodGymExeter blog and to see a few more photos of the team in action.
We look forward to seeing the wildflowers in the summer months and thank the volunteers for their invaluable help.