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Brown & Spencer

David Brown & Allan Spencer, Improving Health

Woodlands Centre garden

The Woodlands Centre, tucked away in the middle of a Kirkintilloch housing estate is home to a very special enclosed garden.

Just a few weeks ago it was a brilliant explosion of bright summer colour. Today the autumnal shades are just as beautiful thanks to the dedicated attention of the patients and staff who tend it.

Staff at the centre got involved in fundraising to establish the garden and last November, after raising £1,800, the equipment was bought and the hard work began.

The service users at the Woodlands Centre have a variety of psychiatric conditions. The staff wanted to create a garden for them to relax in and to work in – to create a special place for staff to work with
patients and for patients to enjoy.

In one case a patient who would not respond or participate in any other group sessions is now making progress in the garden project and “just loves being involved”.

There is ample room to sit and relax, eat lunch or write up notes and when the weather permits staff can take the group sessions in the beautiful
surroundings of their own enclosed garden.

There’s a greenhouse in the corner of the garden and vegetable plots nearby. A water feature complete with fish also adds tranquillity. It’s not only staff and patients who are enjoying the garden – a resident pigeon has set up home as has a little grey squirrel!

Below: Allan Spencer and David Brown receive their award from the Cabinet Secretary.