Hospital Grounds Bloomin’ Marvellous thanks to Charity Supporters

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A grant from UHNM Charity for a new greenhouse has enabled the gardeners in the UHNM Estates Team to not only make the grounds of the Royal Stoke University Hospital look bloomin' marvelous this summer, but become almost totally self-sufficient.

Rather than buy adult plants, the team have used the on-site greenhouse to use the seeds from last year’s plants for this year’s display. 

Head Gardener Glyn Tunstall explains: "Every plant has been grown on site. It's thanks to our new greenhouse that we can collect the seeds from previous plants and pot them up, keeping costs to a minimum."

flowers  This year's displays have included ornamental poppies, sunflowers, lupins, salvias, rudbeckias and hollyhocks. They have been planted across the site including by the main entrance, chapel and renal unit.

Glyn added: "We'd like to thank UHNM Charity and their supporters for their part in enabling us to create something that patients, visitors and staff can enjoy. Thanks also to Simon White from our Estates Team for his help in supporting the project." 

As well as caring for the displays, the six-strong gardening team and two bin men also maintain grassed areas and other shrubs across the Royal Stoke and Royal Infirmary sites. 

Director of Communications and Charity Naomi Duggan visited the team this week to thank them for all their efforts.

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Chaity team.