Thanks to a group of wonderful volunteers, the garden at Dorking Hospital has been much improved for patients and staff to enjoy. After a successful funding application, this outside space has been transformed.
There’s now fruit and vegetable patches to harvest, ample seating and a calming solar powered water feature. It’s the perfect place to take a break in the sunshine, eat lunch or enjoy a drink purchased from the Friends of Dorking Hospital café.
“Extremely well run establishment. Efficient, well organised, run on time, very focused staff. Sparkling clean environment. Lovely courtyard garden and free car park!!!!”
5 Stars out of 5
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To celebrate the new garden, our green-fingered staff are taking part in a sunflower growing competition. As you can see, the sunflowers are growing well and we can’t wait to see the spectacular floral display of golds and yellows once they flower. Congratulations to one of the Medical Secretaries in DHC Outpatients for winning a prize for their sunflower being the first to reach one metre high – the race is on for whose will be the first to flower.
When you’re next visiting, we encourage you to spend a moment enjoying the sights and smells of this little oasis.
With special thanks to:
- Simon Littlefield of Surrey Downs Heath & Care, for organising the funding, coordinating the project and liaising with volunteers.
- Queens Nursing Institute & National Garden Scheme via the Elsie Wagg Scholarship, for funding the project.
- Friends of Dorking Hospital for buying a range of useful items.
- The Mens Shed Dorking for restoring the furniture.
- The Rotary Club Dorking for helping with the gardening.
- Priory CofE School Dorking for helping to keep things tidy.
Congratulations to Victor Leung, our IT Technician here at DHC, for growing the winning sunflower at a whopping 271cm!!!
He won a lovely crochet sunflower handmade by Simon Littlefield and presented at the launch of the Grow Together, Share Together project in the beautiful Dorking Hospital garden. Well done to all involved!