The power of plants

Stroke patients at Solihull Hospital will benefit from therapeutic surroundings as the trust prepares to open a new garden. Designed by local horticulturalist, Linda South from Blythebrook Designs, the space will be based on an idea conceived by ward manager, Rachael Morris, from the hospital's stroke unit, who wanted to turn the disused ground into a rehabilitation area for patients. She said: "The power of plants and flowers has been found to be therapeutic in stroke recovery. Gardens tend to be an area for socialising and companionship, while providing solace for those looking for some quiet time. It was this thinking that first gave me the idea to raise funds for such a garden." The team has now raised £30,000 and plans to continue raising cash to pay for future upkeep.

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