Cardiff & Vale Health Charity is helping to reverse nature’s decline thanks to a new garden scheme from environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy.

Their ‘Local Places for Nature’ scheme is offering community groups free packages that include all the plants, tools and materials needed to create small gardens.  Following an application and panel process, Cardiff & Vale Health Charity was awarded a Wildlife garden package (made possible by Welsh Government funding) to install at Barry Hospital.

With the help of Wales Probation Services’ Community Payback team, a wildlife garden has been created in one of the internal courtyard gardens at Barry Hospital in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Sue Dickson-Davies, Senior Fundraiser for Cardiff & Vale Health Charity said:

This October sees the 25th Anniversary of Barry Hospital.  Being awarded this wildlife garden from the Keep Wales Tidy scheme will really enhance the garden area which is available to staff, patients, and when restrictions settle, visitors to Barry Hospital.  The courtyard garden was prepared for planting by students from Ysgol Bro Morgannwg and garden items were installed by Chris and a service user from the Wales Probation Services’ Community Payback team.  Local community groups that use facilities at Barry Hospital will now have access to a relaxing outdoor environment which will hopefully provide a haven for local wildlife in the middle of a busy hospital setting.  On behalf of Cardiff & Vale Health Charity I’d like to thank Ysgol Bro Morgannwg and Wales Probation Services’ Community Payback team for their kind input into this garden which will be a much-used space in the coming months.”

Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy, Louise Tambini said:

“More than ever, people are recognising the value of nature to the health and well-being of our communities. We are delighted that groups, like Cardiff & Vale Health Charity now have the opportunity to make a real difference through Local Places for Nature. We know there are many other areas that could benefit from the scheme and we’re urging people to get involved while there are still free packages available.”

The initiative is part of a wider £5m Welsh Government ‘Local Places for Nature’ fund committed to acquiring, restoring and enhancing nature ‘on your doorstep’.

Keep Wales Tidy is a registered environmental charity working to protect our environment now and for the future. You can visit their website for more information:

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