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sevenacresgardenA new garden and artworks at Seagrove Ward, Sevenacres were officially opened by Mark Edmond, Head of Mental Health Services, yesterday (Thursday).

The Psychiatric Intensive Care Ward of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, has commissioned the new garden with a grant of £5000 from the Friends of St. Mary’s and with a £2000 legacy held by Healing Arts.

The replanting and redesign of Seagrove’s internal ward garden is to create a more healing environment for patients in its care.

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Guy Eades, Director of Healing Arts says:

“Through the generosity of the Friends of St. Mary’s and a legacy we have been able to transform the environment in the Garden at Seagrove Ward, Sevenacres so that it is now a healing environment for the Island’s acute mental health patients.”

sevenacresgarden2‘CAR Gardens’ led by Craig Ratcliff, in Ryde, Isle of Wight, rejuvenated the poor soil, created a new central flower and herb bed, placed climbing wall plants around the perimeter, built a new garden bench and installed night time solar lighting. ‘Seahorses Studio’ in Freshwater and its team of skilled local volunteers led by artist Boris Moscoff were commissioned to make 4 mosaic wall panels to complement the planting and to provide all year round artwork for the garden.

Guy Eades continued:

“The work of ‘CAR Gardens’ and ‘Seahorses Studio’ through their skill, imagination and understanding have made a Garden that can be enjoyed throughout the year and is enormously supportive of the healthcare delivered at Seagrove.”

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