Opening of a new Sevenacres garden. From left Craig Ratcliff of C.A.R. Gardens with Boris Moscoff of Seahorses Studio, Vincent Thompson of the Friends of St Mary's and Mark Edmond, head of mental health and learning disabilities. Picture by Robin Crossley.
A NEW garden has been planted at Sevenacres mental health unit to create a more tranquil environment for patients.
The Seagrove Ward garden, which features mosaic wall panels created by volunteers at Seahorses Studio, Freshwater, was opened this month by Mark Edmond, head of mental health services at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
New flower beds, a herb garden and wall climbers were planted, and a bench and solar lighting installed by Car Gardens, Ryde.
The garden was funded by a £5,000 grant from the Friends of St Mary's Hospital charity and a £2,000 legacy to the trust's Healing Arts fund.
Healing Arts director Guy Eades said: "Through the generosity of the Friends of St Mary's and a legacy we have been able to transform the environment so it is now a healing environment for the Island's acute mental health patients."