The team behind the construction of Aldeburgh Hospital’s dementia-friendly sensory garden have received gold-standard, national recognition.
Roger Gladwell Landscape, Design and Construction were awarded the gold medal in the ‘Community Garden’ category at the National Landscaping Awards in London.
The sensory garden which is also open to the wider community, is a peaceful setting designed to stimulate the senses of patients, including those with anxiety or depression.
Aldeburgh Hospital matron, Michelle Fletcher, said: “Our patients’ time matters and the garden is a focal point of the hospital which creates conversation and stimulation, helping them in their recovery and rehabilitation so they can return to the comfort of their own home as soon as possible.
Anne Parsons, volunteer garden team leader at Aldeburgh Hospital, said:
The garden is coming to life again as spring bulbs burst into flower. There are plenty of seats to sit and enjoy the view in the peaceful surroundings and the gardens are wheelchair and buggy friendly.”
The garden, which also features a yellow spiral listening bench, can be prescribed by GPs to patients during their rehabilitation and recovery, for activities such as art, music and drama.
Darren Cox from Gladwell’s said: “We are really pleased. It was a good evening and nice to get an award for our work.”Back to top