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Healthy Ireland Garden Initiative at Merlin Park University Hospital

Green fingers are blossoming on the Merlin Park campus as staff take to planting vegetables and herbs as part of a Healthy Ireland Gardening initiative.

Margaret O’Toole Business Manager, Merlin Park University Hospital who was behind the initiative explains, ‘We came up with the idea and when we suggested it to staff the feedback we got was so positive.  Sean Fergus who is the horticulturist in Merlin Park came on board with us and provided the expertise needed to educate staff in all areas of gardening. To-date staff have planted a variety of vegetables and herbs.

“The lunchtime gardening class brings staff together and gives them an opportunity to get to know one another and build friendships. Engaging with nature is good for the mind and body and plants give us a sense of connection.”

Anna Larkin, staff member and participant in the gardening class said,  “This class gives me something a little more creative and interesting to do at lunchtime which I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to.”

The article above is specific to the following Saolta hospitals:: 
Merlin Park University Hospital (MPUH)