New sensory garden unveiled at Kirkcaldy hospice

Sheila Filshill, designer, Gordon Brown MP, and Anne Cargill, senior charge nurse, at the opening of the garden. Pic: George McLuskie
Sheila Filshill, designer, Gordon Brown MP, and Anne Cargill, senior charge nurse, at the opening of the garden. Pic: George McLuskie

A new sensory garden was opened by Kirkcaldy MP Gordon Brown at Victoria Hospital last week.

Volunteers have been working hard over the past year transforming the outdoor space at the Victoria Hospice.

The space was looking old and tired but now it is a welcoming area for patients and visitors to sit and relax with a wide variety of flowers and plants and plenty of seating areas.

The decision was made to transform the area to be more beneficial to the hospice and those who use the unit.

And now, thanks to the kind donations and the hard work and advice from the Building Services of Fife Council, the remodelling of the garden is now complete.

The area before the makeover was not suitable for those with mobility concerns and wasn’t somewhere that patients or visitors could spend a lot of time.

The newly designed garden is now a much welcomed addition to the hospice and will be of great benefit to both patients and visitors.

Sheila Filsell, a lecturer at Elmwood College in Cupar helped design and create the garden.

A number of different fragrant and textured flowers and plants designed to appeal to all the senses are now included in the new design of the outdoor space.

And with an increasing number of patients experiencing a range of different mobility issues, a decision was then made to make sure that the area was easy accessible for wheelchair users ensuring that the garden could be enjoyed by all.

Anne Cargill, senior charge nurse at the hospital, said: “The improvements will make a such a massive difference to our patients and their friends and families who come to visit them here in the hospice.

“It makes visiting a much more pleasant experience and gives them somewhere to sit together.

“The hospice garden plays such an important role in the patient experience here at the hospital.

“It provides an environment where both patients and visitors can meet and chat or enjoy some quiet time to gather their thoughts.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all of the people who have very kindly contributed their time, effort and their money in helping us all make this truly great transformation possible.”

Commenting at the opening ceremony of the new hospice garden, Mr Brown added: “I praise the hard work of NHS Fife and those involved with creating this innovative garden, which will be of great benefit to the patients at the hospice.

“I also commend the dedication of all the volunteers who have worked hard together on this fantastic project.”