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Celebrity opening for children's ward garden at Yorkshire Hospital

Celebrity opening for children's ward garden at Yorkshire Hospital

Published at 4:04pm 2nd August 2018.

ITV’s Katie Rushworth was the guest of honour at the official opening of the new garden at Airedale hospital’s children’s ward.

Katie, who is originally from Baildon, presents the popular ITV gardening show ‘Love Your Garden’ alongside Alan Titchmarsh.

She offered her design services for free to the hospital last year.

Katie said:

"It's brilliant to come back and see the garden, it looks fantastic and it's good to hear that other people have been adding to it with donations. The great thing is that it's not just the children's ward who have benefitted; other patients are using it and that's the beauty of a garden, it brings people together."

The garden at the children's ward at Airedale Hospital

Yorkshire-based landscaping contractors G Clarke Landscaping also offered their building work for free, and carried out the bulk of the landscaping work in the garden.

It's been designed as a special relaxing space for children and their families, away from the noisy play areas.

Gareth Clarke and Katie Rushworth at the opening

It is also visible from the windows in many of the bays, and has been created in zones so that the view from each of the windows is different.

This means that children who come in regularly, and stay in different areas of the ward, can see new things every time.

Landscaper Gareth Clarke from G Clarke Landscaping, said:

"It's turned out really well. It was hard work in the wet, boggy weather earlier this year but it was a pleasure to do it and I am glad we could help."

Amy Kitching, paediatric research nurse, said:

"We're really proud of what we've achieved and so grateful to Katie, Gareth and everyone who has donated their time or garden decorations – huge thanks to the community who have been behind us all the way.

"We now have a space that has something for everyone – it's educational, therapeutic and our patients can also chill out here. The children love it and we have some exciting plans for Hallow'een and Christmas."

If anyone would like to support the garden, donations can be made to the hospital charity Paediatric Trust Fund and specify that it is for the garden.

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