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Eden Project donates plants to hospital

Staff at Royal Cornwall Hospital’s Eden Ward have thanked the Eden Project for brightening up their waiting rooms with beautiful plants.

Eden has a special relationship with the women’s ward at Treliske since patients and staff decided to rename it after the project in 2015.

Eden has donated pictures to display in the ward and commissioned an artist to create a mural inspired by the Rainforest Biome for the day room. 

At Christmas 2016 and 2017 Eden sent Father Christmas and his elves to deliver gifts to patients and staff at Eden Ward. 

Now Eden horticulturists Emma Gunn and Riyah Snow along with Chief Executive Gordon Seabright have delivered an array of plants to decorate two of the ward’s waiting rooms which are often used by patients awaiting surgery. 

The rooms are now decorated with tropical foliage such as emerald palms, (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) areca palms (Dypsis lutescens) and luscious succulents such as Crassula.

Gordon said: “There is plenty of evidence that contact with plants speeds patients’ recovery. 

“We are proud of our relationship with Eden Ward and we wanted to bring in some beautiful plants from Eden’s Biomes to brighten up the hospital for the staff and patients.”

Eden Ward Sister Tash Trewhela said: “A lot of our patients who come to the ward are going in for quite complicated surgery and it’s reassuring for them to see all these lovely plants and that the ward is well cared for. 

“It’s all part of the patient’s journey and the plants have made the waiting rooms much more comfortable and homely. We are having lots of lovely comments about the plants.”

For more information on the Eden Project go to www.edenproject.com.

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