4th Dec, 2016

Unused space to transform into gardens to help people with dementia

Joshua Godfrey 8th Apr, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

UNUSED outdoor space at Evesham Community Hospital is set to be transformed into gardens to help improve the lives of people with dementia.

The town’s hospital will be just one of ten locations from across the UK to benefit from the pioneering project, which is being led by

Learning through Landscapes, to creatively design the currently unused space to help improve the health and wellbeing of patients with dementia.

A £1.3million grant from the Big Lottery Fund has been handed to the group to make the project possible. It’s hoped the transformation will make the dementia care setting at the community hospital more accessible, stimulating and will encourage more people with dementia to get out and about.

Karen Young, matron at Evesham Community Hospital, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the funding which will support the development of a garden suitable for our dementia patients.

“This will provide them with the opportunity to access outside space and be involved in activities which will help them in their recovery and rehabilitation.

“The outside space that will be used for the dementia garden isn’t currently used for anything so it will be wonderful to see it transformed into something that will benefit our patients.”

Juno Hollyhock, Executive Director of Learning through Landscapes, said: “This project brings together elements such as garden design, staff training and support, client based consultation and local knowledge to create innovative and exciting garden spaces.

“We believe that bringing together the very best in current thinking around designing for people living with dementia will give many more settings the chance to try out low cost solutions in their outdoor spaces in the future.”