14 Jun, 2023 Projects & Initiatives In the Press

Gro Gardens wellbeing and greenspace official opening at QEUH

Staff and visitors of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital now have a very unique outdoor space to relax in and enjoy… Gro Garden is officially open!


Somewhere in early 2022, we began construction on a wide range of seating, screens, frames and decking, all made from reclaimed timber for Gro Garden. Over 12 months later, we were invited to the official ribbon cutting by the NHSGGC non-executive director, Michelle Wailes and chairman John Brown CBE.

The special event was put on to highlight the valuable contributions of those involved. Partners included erz. Landscape, The Conservation Volunteers, Art Pistol Projects. MM Groundworks and the team here at Glasgow Wood.

John, Kyle, Danielle all went along from Glasgow Wood and said it was really great to see how the wider team’s work has paid off.

Danielle, our Financial & Commercial Manager said:

“It’s been a huge undertaking with so many elements to get right. There were a few issues along the way, but we managed to get them fixed and it’s all been so worth it. The vast majority of the Glasgow Wood team were involved in the construction of this project, and we really hope the visitors and staff at QEUH enjoy the space for many years to come.”

John, the chairman of NHSGGC said:

“The Gro Garden not only stands tall in the wider QEUH greenspace as a representation of the NHS Board’s commitment to sustainability and biodiversity but it also recognises the huge impact the environment has on our health and wellbeing. We are proud to officially open the garden today and grateful to all the partners who have helped bring this idea to fruition.”


Within the wider greenspace, there’s also a brand new set of art murals along the sides of the garden.

Coordinated by Ali Smith of Art Pistol, the works represent sustainability and the wider healing power of nature. The artists commissioned were Christian Kerr, Eleanor Carlingford, Coll Hamilton, Eve McGlynn and Isaac Aldridge.

View their drone footage of the artworks here.

The Gro Garden is open to visitors from 8am – 6pm, 7 days-a-week.

As well as serving as a spot for people to unwind, the space has also been incorporated into wildlife walks and wellness activities to learn about different plant species and practicing mindfulness.

The past schedule is below and more activities are due to be scheduled. You can contact Rebecca Ramage for more information: rebecca.ramage@tcv.org.uk.

Head to the Gro Garden project page to learn more about the project.

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