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Green Spaces

Our Estates Team has carried out a number of improvements to encourage wildlife and enhance biodiversity around the hospital sites. Around 30 bird boxes have been installed, covered duck houses situated around the lake, log piles have been formed to encourage biodiversity and a wildflower site has also been trialled to encourage nectar feeding bees and other insects. We have also been trialling green pest control in the form of a Harris Hawk. The gardening team took part in the Great Butterfly Count in 2014 - a nationwide survey aimed at helping assess the health of our environment.

In 2014, an interpretive board was erected by the lakeside at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to communicate the wildlife present on site. This board was designed in-house and was produced by the Estates Team using recycled materials (destined for disposal). The intention of the board is to raise awareness of biodiversity and sustainable practices to help promote the link between green spaces and their positive benefits for mental health and wellbeing.

Hospital lake

The Trust became the first NHS Trust within the United Kingdom to gain the Green Flag Award in 2016. The Trust was also awarded the Building Better Healthcare 2016 award for Best External Environment - recognising the work that had been carried out in the hospital greenspaces.

Green flag award

In 2016 the Orchard Garden Project delivered a new therapeutic courtyard garden situated directly outside the chemotherapy suite and next to the pathology department. A sensory walkway was also established to link the courtyard to the lakeside, and a new garden decking area designed so patients who need medical equipment like drips etc. can also benefit from the gardens and give them a retreat from their treatment.

The Trust has developed a biodiversity management plan as part of the sustainability management plan, available here.