Frimley Park garden for terminally ill opened by Diarmuid Gavin

A GARDEN retreat for terminally-ill patients at Frimley Park Hospital is now complete. Designed by TV gardener, Diarmuid Gavin, and known as the Time Garden, the area is located in one of the hospital courtyards and was funded by a Kings Fund grant and money-spinning activities organised by the gardening team from Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Mary Hayes, lead nurse for cancer and palliative care and project leader, said: "The original idea came from a patient request and we are very pleased with the end result. It is the only garden of its kind in the country." The courtyard has been specially designed to enable easy movement of bed-bound patients and provide as much privacy for them as possible. The glass-fronted pavilion provides shelter and houses tea and coffee-making facilities and a hi-fi system. It also benefits from a separate small private garden area of its own. Artworks on loan from students at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham have been used to bring some brightness to the pavilion and the garden itself.

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