QEII Hospital staff and some valuable volunteers from Rotary and Bunnings have dug deep to establish a community garden on campus.
Community Garden and Recycling Consultant Renae McBrien championed the project pulling in support and funding from the Hospital Executive, the Rotary Club of Salisbury and colleagues to create a space for staff that would enhance the feeling of community.
“Hospitals can be sterile and cold but we know that the heart of the QEII community is the staff,” she said.
“The garden offers an interactive environment where staff can come and pick fresh vegetables, smell the herbs, do a little weeding, or water the garden,” she said.
President of the Salisbury Rotary Club, Alan Charles said the club has had an enduring connection to QEII Hospital and has always been proud to be part of community projects on campus for patients and visitors.
“This community garden project fits in with our motto this year which is ‘be the inspiration’,” he said.
“We find this to be an inspirational project, we are very supportive of it and we were delighted to sponsor it to the tune of more than $1000.”
The community garden included 10 cubic meters of soil, 110 bricks, 3 wheelbarrows, 10 shovels, 100 plants, 20 butterflies, 4 garden gnomes, one bee hotel donated by patients at PAH Spinal Injuries Unit, the labour of 25 volunteers and one amazing community to make it all happen.
Planetree Coordinator for PAH-QEII Health Network, Anna Greig said that hospitals are great at clinical feats but projects like this are about the heart and spreading kindness.
“Initiatives like the community garden at QEII Hospital are all about kindness and compassion, and that’s the heart of Planetree,” she said. “It is a place where people can come together and be people.”