Spring has well and truly sprung and the Rosewood Garden is bloom! Thanks to the work of our volunteers in maintaining and planting it all.
Sad start to the week. Unfortunately some time over the weekend people have broken into the Rosewood garden and have damaged the hard work of our volunteers and staff.
Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be any damage to the plants and with a bit more elbow grease we’ll have the place tidied up and secured again.
It’s easy when things like this occur to get angry and frustrated how people can be incredibly selfish and disrespectful of others. However, our volunteers serve as a constant reminder that for every one of these selfish individuals, there are many more who are kind, considerate and so very giving to others.
If you have any information on this incident, please contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 117 of 10th April 2017.
A huge thank you and well done is deserved by a team of volunteers at Rosewood for their recent work in the garden. In particular, Gordon, Steve and Michael’s hard work is very much appreciated. Also thanks to Stacie from the Environment Team who came to the Centre meeting to do a talk on NHS Sustainability Day and got stuck right in to digging up weeds and helping out.
Rosewood garden before…
The old wood and dead clematis have been used to create a “Bug Hotel” along with some recycled bread palettes, old pots, broken concrete and an old door mat. This will hopefully be a good habitat for insects and possibly the odd hedgehog.
A handcrafted willow bird feeder and nesting box have been donated to the Centre as an example of what can be made with the willow we’ve started to grow. These will help support the local wildlife.
The willow has been planted ready to grow and harvest to donate to wards. We’ve planted a colourful selection of basketry willow, so we should have a rainbow of colour later in the year.
We still have work ahead of us in planting and growing vegetables for the rest of the year, but we’ve already taken a big step in tidying it up after the winter season.
As part of NHS Sustainability Day, our pledges as a centre are:
- To improve our recycling
- To turn off equipment not in use
- To support local wildlife
Thursday 23rd March is NHS Sustainability Day. At Rosewood, we’re going to be a day late in joining in, but our Garden Group which runs on Fridays is planting willow which we’re looking to regularly harvest over the year to provide for weaving crafts on wards. We’re also looking to trim back some of the plants which have died back over winter to freshen them up now that spring is almost upon us. We’ll be getting the beds ready for vegetables and have fruit bushes to plant to help contribute to lunches later in the year.
We have plans to use old wood to create a “Bug Hotel” to help increase biodiversity in the garden and we’ll be moving round some existing plants to create more of a sensory area by our benches. Our rose bushes will be moved to a more sunny part of the garden to help them flourish. We’ll also be starting to recycle more of our kitchen waste in compost as we already use old coffee grounds in the garden.
Within the building itself, we’re working on getting into the habit of turning off lights when they’re not needed, turning off computer equipment not in use, turning down the heating by a degree or two and increasing our recycling.
We’ve had advice from the Trust’s Energy and Environment Department and the Garden Group which runs on a Friday has come up with a plan for the garden and now have a list of tasks to focus on for the year ahead.
A few items from this task list include; moving some of the existing plants; growing vegetables to use within Rosewood; planting willow to provide for service user crafts within the Trust; touching up the paintwork; and making the garden more insect friendly to help with biodiversity.