Call issued to help finish Bo’ness Hospital garden

100412 Boness hospital garden clean up, l-r, ward sister Christine O'Donnell, Karene Grant and denise McLean.
100412 Boness hospital garden clean up, l-r, ward sister Christine O'Donnell, Karene Grant and denise McLean.
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A FINAL push is on at Bo’ness Hospital to complete the transformation of its garden, much valued by patients, staff and visitors alike.

Thanks to thousands of pounds worth of donations to the hospital from a generous public, the garden was doubled in size, with sloping land cleared of trees and levelled off, to add a grassy space to the existing paved area.

Now determined volunteers who have a separate fundraising kitty to spend want to liven it up with finishing touches like hanging baskets, solar lights, and bird feeders.

These will complement existing features like memorial benches and a tree.

A call has been issued for people handy with paintbrushes, adept at assembly, or who can spare a couple of hours to help with its upkeep. Unwanted garden tools can also be donated.

Karene Grant (52) is preparing to cut the grass and powerwash the monoblock, ridding it of moss and weeds and getting it looking tip-top for the spring/summer season.

She is happy to maintain the garden - overlooked by the residents’ sitting room - once completed and hopes the makeover can be done by Fair Day.

The hospital entrance’s floral displays and rear planters have been well tended to date by an existing volunteer, who will continue at the front of the building.

And fundraising - initially done last year by the Five of Hearts group, also providing TVs, toasters and hot water jugs - is continuing by Karene and friends, with a shady gazebo for patients on the hospital’s wish list.

The originals were blown out of the grounds during last year’s high winds.

Ward sister Christine O’Donnell said: “It’s a strong community here, who value the hospital so much. I’ve never known a community that’s got such strong ties to a hospital. The project will definitely make a big difference.”

Karene, of Muirpark Court, said: “The staff are great and really they don’t have time to tend to a garden.

“It’s local and I could end up in there myself, and I can say ‘I planted that 30 years ago!’ ”

*Tel. 01506 510093 or email karene.grant@btinternet.com if you can help.