Volunteers are being urged to come forward – and help revamp a garden at Bo’ness Hospital.
No green-fingered experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out.
Bo’net – the charity behind the revamp – revealed this week that it had appointed the social enterprise Sustainable Thinking Scotland (STS) to help deliver the initiative and develop final plans in consultation with staff and patients.
It now looking for eager volunteers to get involved in the transformation.
“If you can spare some time, and don’t mind a bit of hard work, we want to hear from you,” said Madelene Hunt, the chair of Bo’net.
“Our project will transform the garden space at ward one at Bo’ness Hospital, making it a more welcoming space for patients and visitors to enjoy.
“Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they want. And don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of gardening experience. Our friends at STS will keep everyone right.”
She added: “If you can help the project – or perhaps run a business that might be able to offer some extra assistance – please get in touch. Just visit www.bonet.org.uk/garden for more information or call 01506 510629.”
The current hospital building, off Dean Road, was opened in 2004 and provides 40 inpatient beds for physically frail older people and those with mental health problems. The garden area serving ward one is looking particularly “tired” and in need of a new look.
The Bo’ness project is being made possible thanks to an award of £15,000* from the Life Changes Trust, a Scottish charity supporting the empowerment and inclusion of people living with dementia and their unpaid carers. The Trust is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
Said Mrs Hunt: “Thanks to our funders, we can buy materials and plants to transform the space, but input from local people will help us do so much more. I hope people will come forward.”
Sustainable Thinking Scotland is based at the Walled Garden at Kinneil Estate in the town.
It grows fresh fruit and vegetables to donate to local food banks and also runs a recycling project to create horticultural and agricultural products from wood and green waste. STS also delivers learning projects.
Director Sean Kerr said: “We’re pleased to be working on the hospital garden project. Not only will it create a more inclusive and brighter outdoor space for people at the hospital, it will also allow local people to get involved and learn some useful gardening skills.
“I’m also delighted that vegetables grown in the new hospital garden will be donated to our local food bank. It’s great that this project is helping people in so many different ways.
“We’re currently finalising plans for the garden, incorporating feedback from staff and patients, and hope to start on site fairly soon. So, if you want to be involved, please get in touch.”
Bo’net – the Bo’ness Networking Group – is a charity representing groups across the Bo’ness area. It aims to support the development of community organisations and make the area a better place to live and work.
The Life Changes Trust was set up with a National Lottery Community Fund endowment of £50 million to improve the lives of people living with dementia, unpaid carers of people living with dementia and young people with care experience. Find out more at https://www.lifechangestrust.org.uk/
* N.B. The project was originally awarded £12,000 in funding. This was increased to £15,000. This story has been updated to reflect this.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Bo’net is a SCIO – a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation – registered with OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator. The charity number is SC049848.
Sustainable Thinking Scotland Community Interest Company (STS C.I.C) is a social enterprise created and designed to address a wide range of social and environmental issues within the local area, using any profits and assets for the public good. Find out more at
For enquiries about Bo’net, please contact: Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store, Tel: 07967 150560
For enquiries about the Life Changes Trust, contact: Deborah Cowan, Director of Communications and PR, Tel: 07710 542535