arts, Bo'ness Hospital, community, environment

Garden project gets to the art of the matter

A Falkirk-based artist has delivered stunning mosaics to brighten up the revamped garden space at Bo’ness Hospital.

Rhona Duffy has created four pieces – displaying different flowers – to complement new seating and planting being installed at the rear of ward one. The new-look garden will be officially launched this summer.

Rhona was commissioned by the charity Bo’net – which is overseeing the garden project. Rhona said: “The panels feature sunflowers, geraniums, hydrangeas and delphiniums – and use colours that people with dementia will find engaging.”

She added: “It’s been lovely getting this commission. It’s a wonderful project and the people involved are a real credit to the community.”

Maria Ford, from Bo’net, said: “I came across Rhona’s creations and thought she would be perfect to deliver artworks for the garden. I’m thrilled with the final results and I hope patients and visitors will be equally pleased.

“The Hospital is only a few yards from the official line of the Roman Antonine Wall, so it seems appropriate that we’re using mosaics – which were loved by the Romans – to dress this space.”

Artist Rhona Duffy seated on a bench with her four mosaic panels.
Artist Rhona Duffy with her mosaics panels in the garden at Bo’ness Hospital.

In addition to the new artworks, the garden project is delivering:

* new flower beds;
* new seating for patients and visitors;
* wheelchair accessible fruit and vegetable beds;
* a water fountain to attract birds into the garden; and
* storage space for garden tools and furniture.

Bo’net has been working with volunteers and the social enterprise Sustainable Thinking Scotland (STS) to deliver the project.

A sign saying "Welcome to Ward 1 Garden" surrounding by flowers.

The works are 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.

Bo’ness Hospital, off Dean Road, was opened in 2004 and provides 40 inpatient beds for physically frail older people and those with mental health problems.

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Two mosaic panels.
Two of the mosaic panels designed by Rhona


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. Bo’net is a SCIO – a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation – registered with OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator. The charity number is SC049848. Find out more at

Rhona Duffy has been creating and teaching mosaic art for around ten years. With a passion for exterior mosaics, her art is inspired by colour and nature. Originally from Dublin, she now lives with her family in Falkirk and makes mosaic art from a small studio in her garden. In addition to her artistic work, Rhona also works in communications and marketing and is the founding editor of Mosaic & Glass magazine. Find out more at

The other two mosaics designed by Rhona Duffy.

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

N.B. * The Life Changes Trust initially awarded the project £12,000 – but this was increased to £15000.

Logos for Life Changes Trust and National Lottery Community Fund.

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

The garden area at ward one at Bo’ness Hospital before the revamp started.

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