The FACE Garden was built in 1999 and had been closed for some time, while essential building work was completed around it. The garden serves as a serene outdoor space where patients, visitors and staff can find solace away from the hospital wards, improving their wellbeing and aiding recovery.
Recently a group of volunteers from FreeAgent, undeterred by the pouring rain, worked tirelessly to transform the garden and bring it back to life. The volunteers were supervised by TCV (a conservation charity) and the work was supported by the NHS Lothian Charity Green Health team & the Estates team at the Western General Hospital. It was a real collaborative effort and thanks to all involved in making it happen.
We know how much spending time in the FACE Garden is valued by patients, visitors and staff.
“Putting in the graft and getting our hands dirty for a day for those who’d really benefit from having a wee outdoor space was a brilliant experience. Hearing it was being used by patients the minute the team stepped away just made it all the more worthwhile.”
Read the full heart-warming article, with more quotes & pictures, on the NHS Lothian Charity website.