Cirencester Hospital

Cirencester Hospital is located on the outskirts of Cirencester. Services include: inpatient medical care on three wards with 24 hour medical cover; 24 hour Minor Injury Unit; Day Case Unit run by UK specialist hospitals for NHS patients; Endoscopy Department; Outpatient and x-ray facility; an Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit housing the Occupational Therapy team and Physiotherapists, plus a gym for treatment. The site encompasses an orchard, woodland and a small wildflower meadow as well as more formal gardens. There is also a small outdoor performance space under development and a small tree nursery. The site adjoins a large wood next to a Roman amphitheatre, both of which are managed by the town council. There is considerable collaborative working between the hospital grounds team and the town council, a local school, further education college and various voluntary organisations.

The hospital grounds are maintained by a team of volunteers with a range of abilities, under the guidance of two professional landscape managers funded from the estates budget.

Various activities took place on NHS Sustainability Day 2014. These showcased the collaborative working between the town council, a local school and various voluntary organisations including The Conservation Volunteers who operate a green gym:

  • Benches and a wood sculpture were built around the orchard and 20 hazel trees were planted
  • Pupils from Chesterton Primary School painted pots for sunflower seeds and, together with local voluntary organisations, dug turf and planted seed for a wildflower meadow - see photos above and this local news article
  • A lunchtime party was held at the end complete with a Sustainability Cake which was cut by trust chair Ingrid Barker and CSR Manager Georgina Smith.

Cirencester Hospital's Green Gym won the NHS Forest Award for Best Community Engagement in 2014. See their award-winning entry.

Gloucestershire Care took part in NHS Sustainability Day 2015. 50 trees were planted which were donated by the NHS Forest's Tree Sponsorship Scheme.

Gloucestershire Care took part in NHS Sustainability Day 2016 planting 10 trees.

Tree count: 
1230