A new project is set to keep Mount Vernon Cancer Centre green by promoting a connection between health and the outdoors.
Charity Centre for Sustainable Health Care recently appointed a Nature Recovery Ranger for the site whose role is to promote biodiversity and arrange conservation-based activities.
Karen MacKelvie is the Nature Recovery Ranger for the Mount Vernon site and said she the project is important in connecting patients and staff with the outdoors.
She said: “We are recovering nature on the ground and helping people recover with nature.
“I am working on creating patient waiting areas outside with some cover as it can be quite overwhelming. The idea is to bring the inside out and outside in.”
This includes changing the cutting routine to encourage a wild meadow, introducing bee hives on site and a potential outside shelter for chemo treatment.
Karen added that she has recently launched a Pimp Your Patch Challenge to encourage staff to encourage greenery in the spaces between the buildings on the site.