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Green-tech donates substrate for Newham Hospital tranquillity gardens

Essex-based landscaping company Ground Control has undertaken a regeneration of several of Newham Hospital‘s gardens and outdoor spaces. With the help of clients, suppliers and staff, it created a number of ‘tranquillity gardens’ as a way of thanking hospital staff and commemorating those who lost their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Green-tech says it is delighted to have been asked to help. The supplier donated £4.5K worth of Green-tree substrate for use in the planters and ornamental bark mulch for dressing of the planted areas.

Green-tree substrate boasts numerous green credentials. It is manufactured from natural by-products of the recycling industry and is packed full of the essential nutrients and structural components that result in a rich and organic substrate. It ensures quick establishment of trees, plants and turf, without the need for additional fertiliser products in the first season.

Newham Hospital is part of the Barts Health NHS Trust which serves a population of more than 2.5 million people. The borough of Newham has been one of the worst hit with coronavirus and the gardens will provide a retreat and place of comfort for staff, patients and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.

With a goal of complementing the character of the existing gardens and softening the environment to provide a level of tranquillity to users, the work involved substantial pruning, planting a variety of new plants, removal and replacement of outdated furniture and installing new planters and trellises.

The week-long project was managed by Ground Control and completed on Friday 12 June. Memorial plaques have also been added to the gardens in memory of those who died during the pandemic. In total, eight of the gardens and green spaces at Newham Hospital have been revamped and upgraded to become green havens for reflection.

Along with Green-tech, industry partners Savills, Livingreen Design, Marshalls, Crowders, Beechenlea, Europlanters and Homebase also donated goods and services.

Adam Sewell-Jones, interim chief executive at Newham Hospital says: “The replenished tranquillity gardens will provide a much-needed space for visitors to reflect and remember those who sadly lost their lives to COVID-19. I’d like to thank Ground Control and supporters for the work they have done to transform the gardens.”

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