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News 21st Sept 2011


Greenhouse Gift for Mental Health Patients

A greenhouse provided by the Friends of St Mary’s Hospital is proving to be a much appreciated
facility for patients staying at a mental health rehabilitation unit.


The unit, Woodlands, in Mary Rose Avenue, Wootton, takes up to eleven in-patients at a time, each
staying between eight and eleven months. Its role is to prepare them to lead independent lives
within the community.

Jane Irwin, team leader, said: “Some of the patients like to get involved in growing plants,
especially those plants that can produce food for the kitchen! The greenhouse, which is in a very
peaceful spot in the garden, is currently being used to grow runner beans, tomatoes and peppers. It’s
really lovely for the patients. What is also nice is that the volunteer head gardener here is a former

The Friends, which provides facilities and equipment to the NHS on the Island, had allocated
£3,176 for the greenhouse.

Jane Irwin is pictured with Gerry Moglione, a member of the Friends’ board.


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