Putting a bloom on Peggy’s Garden

Walled Garden worker Andrew Lister and Chairwoman of the Friends of Ripon Hospital Jacqui Allinson in Peggy's Garden.
Walled Garden worker Andrew Lister and Chairwoman of the Friends of Ripon Hospital Jacqui Allinson in Peggy's Garden.
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Gardeners from Ripon’s Walled Garden scheme have been helping out at Ripon Community Hospital.

A group from the horticultural project are at work in Peggy’s Garden behind the hospital to make the garden more inviting for patients and their families.

The Friends of Ripon Hospital have funded the work, which has seen Walled Garden workers re-design some of the garden’s flower beds with plants that will be familiar to the hospitals older patients.

The Walled Garden’s Ian Precious said: “Our guys love working at the hospital.

“They feel like they are doing something really worthwhile, and it’s great to see elderly people at the hospital enjoying the garden.”

The Walled Garden workers visit the garden once a fortnight as part of their vocational training.

Ian added: “It’s great for the Walled Garden to have this community link with the Friends of Ripon Hospital group.”

The Walled Garden is situated in the former Bishop of Ripon’s palace and provides horticultural training for adults with learning disabilities as well as work experience for the students of Springhill School.