Shakespearean Roof Garden for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
"I know a place where wild thyme
blooms" said Shakespeare's Oberon, and more than 400 years after
the first performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the bard has
inspired a rooftop garden at Royal Manchester Children's
Staff from Unilever, corporate
supporters of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity, and
students from Manchester Metropolitan University will be creating a
sensory garden featuring plants and herbs referenced in
Shakespearean plays for patients at the hospital to enjoy.
The garden, which is being
built as part of the Manchester Children's Book Festival, will be
tied into the hospital school's curriculum and children will be
able to visit it to learn why fennel was mentioned in Hamlet, or
what the connection is between Othello and lettuce.
Alongside the garden, the
Manchester Children's Book festival partner ReadWell will also be
donating books for the hospital school.
Unilever owned PG Tips have donated
£2,000 to pay for plants and other equipment to build the garden
which will be a vibrant and relaxing outdoor space for patients to
The thriving Manchester
Metropolitan University Urban Gardening Society, jumped at the
chance to help design agarden in such an unusual and useful
All the plants used in the garden
can be found in the bard of Avon's plays. Examples include
Lavender from A Winter's Tale, Rosemary from King Lear and Parsley
from The Taming of the Shrew. The garden will also feature
solar lights and wind chimes of different materials.
The Therapeutic and Specialised
Play Service, Hospital School and Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital Charity are also grateful to Manchester City Football Club
who sponsored the creation of the play area when the new Royal
Manchester Children's hospital was built 5 Years ago.
Sarah Naismith, Head of Charities
for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity said:
"We are extremely grateful
to Unilever and Manchester Metropolitan University for the time and
effort they've committed to building the sensory roof garden at
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. The garden will make a
valuable addition to the outdoor play area and it's fantastic that
it will be up and running ready for summer."
She continued "The hospital school
and Therapeutic and Specialised Play Services were keen for the
garden to be educational, as well as therapeutic and a place for
patients to have fun. The Shakespearean theme is a wonderful
way to engage the patients."
Scott Tanswell, a second year
History student at MMU who is project managing the garden said:
"The terrace is a lovely space, but
there's no greenery up there so it was an ideal spot to make the
garden. It will have a huge impact on these children who aren't
very well, and will hopefully help aid their recovery".
For more information
about Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity visit: www.rmchcharity.org.uk
information please contact: Aimee Lawless on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0161 276 4430
Notes to Editors
- The Charity provides resources to make a difficult time a
little bit easier for children and their families who use Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital.
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital treats over 200,000
patients every year. They come from all over the North West
of England and from other parts of the country for some highly
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is part of the
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Charity. Registered charity number 1049274.
- The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are: University Dental
Hospital of Manchester Charity; Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Charity; Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity; Saint Mary's Hospital
Charity; Trafford Hospitals Charity.