The new Robertson Family Roof Garden at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is now open!
It is now some four years since the vision of creating a roof garden, so that our most unwell patients could be taken outside, whether walking, in a wheelchair, or a bed was first envisaged. The idea was ambitious, unique and innovative. Three years ago we were honoured to be donated our garden designer Professor Nigel Dunnett's gold medal winning, RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden, by the Royal Bank of Canada.
The last three years have been a whirlwind of fundraising, talks, raffles, fairs, shows, planning, design, engagement, meetings, technical discussions, construction and so much, more. It has required hard work, dedication, tenacity and fortitude, but creating a beautiful, calm outside space, in the heart of a very busy hospital campus, has always been the ultimate goal.
In October 2015 we reached a major milestone with Professor Dunnett coming to Aberdeen to oversee the planting of the garden. Construction was almost complete, with a range of safety and security measures being take forward over the winter. In the early months of 2016 the garden has been opened to patients, when the winter weather has allowed. This has not been a high profile or official opening, but its impact has been immense. To see the effect of fresh air, open space, plants, trees, water, innovative design and creative planting on those patients who have already used the garden has been both inspiring and humbling.
Please be advised that the garden is not open to members of the public for general access and is only accessible to patients, their relatives and staff.