Alder Hey hospital joined the NHS Forest in 2009 hosting the opening ceremony of the project this year. It is a major children's hospital and foundation trust in Liverpool.
The hospital is going to be rebuilt and opening in 2015 with a predominant focus on redesigning the site to include a hospital park (to be completed in 2017).
This will include access for the local community which currently does not exist and high quality park areas for the patients to use.
There is also the potential for allotments and sensory gardens to be incorporated into the design of the site.
The hospital has consulted the local community to gain ideas for their plans and this has included a comprehensive survey targeted at local school children.
To find out more, view the PDF of the picture of the new hospital above.
Alder Hey in the Park: Interactive Woodland Walk
Alder Hey is the first paediatric hospital in Europe to be built in a park, developed and opened in 2015. The park continues to be established and is to be completed by 2022. One aspect of our development of an inclusive green space includes a woodland walk, which has been developed and enhanced over the past twelve months. This is an area with a rich biodiversity, including heritage species, and welcomes weekly Forest School activities. This spring we will see the introduction of an interactive trail that is free to enter, safe, accessible to people with mobility issues, disabilities and visual impairments and incorporates informative interpretation and aspects of natural play. We hope to encourage excluded and hard-to-reach groups to engage with and enjoy the natural environment around them, to promote their health, wellbeing and lifelong learning. Installations include meditation stools, yoga sculptures, bird feeding boxes and herb and scent boxes. The area will also be landscaped with multisensory plants and edibles, supporting our ‘Grown Your Own’ objectives. The woodland walk installations will be completed and installed by local designer Andrew Small this March, with an official opening of the trail in the late spring.
Local Primary Schools use the forest school in Springfield Park on a regular basis. In February, a group of Year 5 children from a local Primary School spent an afternoon planting 300 bulbs in the park. A recent Grow Wellbeing Family Forest Day enabled families from the local area to engage with natural learning and play. Activities included shelter making, tree weaving and toasting apples and marshmallows on the campfire! There is an exciting events schedule in place for the spring, with community litter picks, a Springfield Watch photography competition and the commencement of Nature Tots Club every Friday in the woodland.