Teenage volunteers transform garden at King’s Mill Hospital

Members of the National Citizen Service group in the community garden at King's Mill Hospital.
Members of the National Citizen Service group in the community garden at King's Mill Hospital.

Teenage volunteers from Mansfield have transformed a community garden used by patients, visitors and members of staff at King’s Mill Hospital.

The garden, which is located outside Clinic 10 and offers a natural oasis of calm at the Sutton hospital, was badly in need of a makeover.

So up stepped members of the Mansfield branch of the National Citizen Service (NCS) group, who generated £280 for the garden by taking part in a five-hour, fundraising ‘dance-off’.

They then set to work on the garden for a whole week, planting vegetables, fruit trees, herbs and flowers and adding planters and hand-made decorations.

The idea came from Sarah Tilbrook, a member of the NCS group, whose mum, Vicky, works at the hospital. Vicky said: “I am incredibly proud of the NCS team. This is now a great space for my colleagues and also our patients and visitors to enjoy.”

The NCS is open to all 15-to-17-year-olds, providing them with personal and social development skills through exciting challenges and new experiences.

The team at the hospital was led by Patrick Jones and Hannah Alvey. Patrick said: “We really enjoyed working on the garden. We used our own ideas and then our own time.”

Hannah said: “We wanted to create a space that brought joy to all those who visited.”