Hospital garden bags second prize

David Looby

Published 19/11/2013 | 05:38

New Ross Community Hospital
New Ross Community Hospital

NEW ROSS Community Hospital has won joint second prize in the Best Community Environment Improvement section of the 'Keep Wexford Beautiful 2013' awards for their redesigned garden and patio.

The hospital won at a ceremony in the Ferrycarrig Hotel. Major work on the garden area at the back of the hospital has been ongoing for the past two years.

The dining area and outside patio at the back faced on to a weed infested steep incline up to a diseased boundary hedge and this whole area has been an eyesore for years.

The hospital does not have a gardener but the area was cleared of weeds in the autumn of 2011 with the assistance of two Vocational College Horticultural students on work experience.

Bulbs were planted to give a bit of colour and 12 trees were planted, courtesy of the Wexford Co Council 'Trees for Wexford Campaign' and the New Ross Lions. The Vocational College Horticultural class and tutor Mairead Dunne assisted in the early landscaping. Last May over 250 shrubs were positioned in the morning and these plus a further 250 perennials were planted in the afternoon in extremely wet conditions, but the Vocational College Horticultural class volunteered to do all the planting and they completed

it in the wet conditions.

In 2013 Tidy Towns Committee helped to maintain the garden,

which has been transformed thanks to the efforts of volunteers.

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