A garden of wellbeing for the whole community will grow at Stratford Hospital over the next five years. The Forest of Hearts charity, with help from actor David Bradley – patron of the wellbeing garden – unveiled exciting plans at Lifeways Centre, Stratford, last Thursday, to create an edible garden which will comprise 25 raised beds located outside the new cancer and eye treatment units at the hospital.
It’s exciting because the garden will supply fresh food to Café Lomas, the new health and wellbeing hub within the hospital. It will also provide an outdoor working space for disadvantaged people in the area to reduce isolation, loneliness and mental health issues.
The Forest of Hearts is so far working in partnership with businesses including BAM Construction, Benchmark Grounds Maintenance, Taylor Wimpey, The Box Factory, Bellagio Stone, Vale Fresco, Orbit Group, Three Counties, adi Ltd, Yelo and Dawnus.
It’s thought the new garden will be the first of its kind and may become a template for other hospitals across the UK. Forest of Hearts is now looking for volunteers who
would like to be part of the community project as well as businesses who would like to
financially support the wellbeing of the Stratford community.
Carole Longden - Forest of Hearts, David Bradley & Emma Bond NHS SWFT
Mark Williamson - Stratford Herald