St Mary’s hospital garden officially open.



The newest garden at St Mary’s Hospital officially opened on the 1st May 2009. The ribbon was cut and a speech given by Sheila Paul, chief operating officer. (See county press May 8 2009).
The garden can be discovered between the maternity unit, endoscopy unit, chemotherapy unit and the Mottistone suite, at St Marys Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight.
Craig Antony Ratcliff Gardens designed and constructed the hard and soft landscaping including the choice and installation of the plants; having won the tender for the project last year. The garden was designed with sustainability in mind. The timber used for the main uprights is European FSC hardwood; for the pergola local conifer and Oak, and for the deck a recycled hardwood and plastic composite. The bricks are Island reclaimed. The path surface is made from a resin bonded stone. The soil was enriched with manure, organic feed and mychorhizal fungi. After planting the ground was mulched in local wood chip and local shingle. Wildlife habitats were made by Haylands farm from local timber offcuts.
Beautiful glass sculptures have been created and installed by Martin Evans, and furniture has been skillfully created by Paul Sivell using chainsaws.
Craig Antony Ratcliff Gardens will now maintain the garden fortnightly using natural and organic horticultural practise.

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