Wellbeing garden for NHS Nightingale staff

April 16, 2020 Matt Lindsay

Richard Sabin, our MD, was phoned by the building contractor at the London NHS Nightingale Hospital. He wanted to know if we could help “do something” about the staff change area, which was just bland and unfriendly. Yes we can! And we did. In just three days, we created a garden for the staff at NHS Nightingale Hospital, transforming the space where they collect scrubs, shower and change.

Before and after: from dusty concrete and steel, to a green and pleasant garden…

Before the installation of the wellbeing garden After the installation of the wellbeing garden

Everyone says it has made a huge difference.

It’s just gorgeous, it makes such a difference. We get stuck indoors and forget about the sun! It will be lovely to sit here and get some fresh air. – Liz Wells, Operations Manager

PlantBox vertical planters ready for Nightingale

It was a tight turnaround, so Richard quickly got to work calling up his contacts at West Sussex nurseries to donate thousands of plants and a host of other businesses to donate trees, pots, best quality artificial lawn, outdoor furniture, and the essential transport to site.

Volunteers help plant up PlantBoxes

Growing Revolution donated plants, staff time and 600 troughs of our fabulous vertical planters, PlantBox. We called friends who volunteered their time to plant them all up. Richard also called on renowned landscape designer, Patrick Collins, for his input. 

When the hospital is fully operational, 1,600 NHS staff will pass through the new garden area every day to collect scrubs, showers and changing rooms. The 100m2 central breakout area features a 2.4-metre-high vertical garden, trees, potted plants, grass, seating and parasols.

I love this – everyone loves it! And now I’ve seen how the watering works I want it for the community garden I usually help run at home. – Matthew, Patient Support Manager 

Easter eggs in the Nightingale garden


Some of the support staff put out eggs and chocolate for an Easter Treasure Hunt!



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