Members news: Wellbeing garden at HRI will be ready for summer!

Feb 7, 2024

Work has started to transform an area of the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary site into a tranquil wellbeing and relaxation garden for colleagues, patients, and visitors. 

The garden is being developed on the North East of the site behind the new A&E building, and has been funded thanks to a combination of NHS Charities Together grant funding and donations from kind individuals and businesses to CHFT Charity.

The landscaping works are taking place on the site of the old nurses’ accommodation, which is currently just an area of grass. 

The space will be split into seven zones, providing spaces for socialising and gentle exercise, as well as seclusion and reflection. The designated areas will be:

  • Arrival and sensory space
  • Meeting and social zone
  • Activity group zone
  • Wildlife maze zone
  • Physiotherapy space
  • Wild flower area
  • Quiet seating space 

CHFT Charity Manager, Emma Kovaleski, said: “We’ve had plans to develop a wellbeing garden since the start of the pandemic, and I’m thrilled that we’re now able to make this dream a reality. 

“We know that being able to spend time outdoors can have a real impact on people’s wellbeing, and soon our colleagues, patients and their loved ones will be able to enjoy this beautiful space.” 

CHFT Charity is looking for corporate sponsors for each of the zones. Each zone will be named after the sponsor and have their branding on seats in the area. To find out more please contact Emma-Leigh.

The garden is expected to be finished by the early summer. Watch this space for an amazing garden party opening!

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