Plans to create a staff garden at an Aberdeen hospital have taken a step forward with the appointment of a head gardener and new design ideas for the space.
The idea for the garden, located at Aberdeen Royal Infimary, was conceived after the success of the site’s Robertson Family Roof Garden.
A dedicated staff-only facility, it will be accessed via swipe card and will be available 24 hours a day.
Similar to the Robertson Family Roof Garden, which opened in 2016, the garden will be charitably funded and maintained.
It will be located in the internal quadrangle, off the main corridor of ARI – which is currently home to the Grampian Hospitals Art Trust portable buildings.
It has been designed to act as a space where staff can enjoy fresh air during their breaks and improve their health and wellbeing.
The project, which it is hoped will be completed next year, has now appointed Diana Robertson as its head gardener – she previously filled the same role at Drum Castle.
NHS Grampian’s healthcare chaplain the Rev James Falconer is spearheading the project.
He said: “We are making progress although we are still at the very early stages.
“We’re very pleased to have Diana Roberston as our head gardener – she will be excellent.
“We also have some exciting plans for the design of the garden. It is over two levels and we have the idea for the lower level to have a seaside theme and the upper level to have a land and mountain theme.”
Around £195,000 needs to be raised for the project.
A team of the hospital’s physiotherapists took part in this year’s Aberdeen Kiltwalk last Sunday where they raised more than £1,200.
Mr Falconer said: “Things are starting to pick up.
“We have a lot of plans including a new car raffle and we took part in the Westhill Gala on Saturday.
“We’re very pleased with the support that we’ve received so far.”
To donate to the project, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nhsgstaffgarden