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York Rotary Peace Garden - an update

Updated: Jan 11



Eileen reports...

Griselda Goldsbrough is the Art & Design Development Manager at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked closely with York Rotary to use the funds generated by the Virtual Dragon Boat Challenge in 2020. She joined our meeting on Friday 8th January to update us on the progress of the Peace Garden which will be developed using our donation.


The Arts Team supports excellence in healthcare for patients, staff and visitors, guided by the NHS “5 Ways to Wellbeing”; in particular, connect to promote patient recovery, staff wellbeing and visitor experience and take notice of spaces to improve the hospital environment. Our garden falls into the latter category; it has long been recognised that the open air nurtures people and the garden will incorporate may special features to promote wellbeing.


The Rotary Peace Garden will be created in a quadrangle just off Junction 5, near the Chaplaincy. It will be accessible, focussed on the senses and have multi-level features including oxygen ports for patients, a labyrinth (which will house a dragon feature), lighting features, shelter and varied seating.


Staff groups from Estates, Sustainability, Patient Experience and others have been asked for ideas which add to the concept. Local firm PWP Design Ltd., is currently working up a design which should include links to the Virtual Dragon Boat teams such as paddles, ladders and a dragon’s head - but not, we were assured, the Burton Bathtime!



Once the design is signed off, the builders identified and Covid restrictions lifted, there will be opportunities for us to visit and volunteer in the making of the Rotary Garden. It should provide a community-wide facility which can be enjoyed by patients, staff and visitors. Griselda would welcome any ideas from Rotarians; get in touch via griselda.goldsbrough@york.nhs.uk


Several questions related to the nature and benefits of Arts in healthcare. Activities are flexible and planned with careful attention to patient requests and needs as well as staff suggestions. Music, painting, drama and other media are carefully targeted to different wards as well as the corridors and social spaces. Impacts can be small and incremental as well as dramatic and profound.

Griselda’s overview was much appreciated and we look forward to contributing to the garden as well as visiting - sometime!



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