Our Chaplain, Sister Bernie, after going to the garden centre this morning, has been out in the Mildmay garden today, tidying and planting the borders, ably assisted by one of her fantastic volunteers, Patrick.
The aim is to provide patients, staff and visitors with attractive green space to relax, get fresh air and speed up recovery times. There has been an increasing number of studies focused on green space in the health care setting in recent years. This is due to a growing appreciation for the value of nature and its therapeutic effects on patients and staff alike.
Visible greenery, both indoors and out, reduces stress among patients and staff. Plants in hospitals and other institutions purify the air: they reduce concentrations of CO2 and volatile organic compounds, keeping the air fresh and healthy.