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Alex Neil opens the new greenspace

Gartnavel goes green to boost healthy lifestyles

An innovative project at Gartnavel Royal Hospital is using greenspace and woodland to help patients' recovery and improve the health of staff, visitors and the community.

The initiative is part of a Green Exercise Partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, FCS, NHS Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Walking routes, including an all abilities circular route, has been introduced around the hospital buildings with over 150 fruit and native trees planted to green up rest areas.

A walled garden for growing food, seating areas, interpretation panels and landscaped greenspace has also been created to attract more people to use the hospital's natural surroundings.

Alex Neil, who was Health Secretary at the time, visited the site to open the new greenspace: "This is a great project, not only for patients but for staff, visitors and the community. In my view, both Forestry Commission Scotland and the NHS are two of the jewels in the crown of the public sector. By teaming up and making the most of the green space around our hospitals we can add a new dimension to improving healthy lifestyles."

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