HORTICULTURE apprentices from Reaseheath College have renovated a garden for patients at Leighton Hospital.

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, which took place from March 6 to 10, a team of six apprentices decided to make a difference for cardiology and acute coronary care patients in Ward 1 at the Crewe hospital.

Guided by Reaseheath Instructor, Matthew Thomas, the group carried out a makeover of an internal garden which is popular with patients and their relatives, particularly during the summer months.

As well as clearing and weeding flower beds the apprentices pruned shrubs and introduced new plants for Spring colour which were donated by Reaseheath College.

Said Bernadette Parry, Ward 1 Manager: “We were delighted when the apprentice team offered to help tidy up our garden. Their work is hugely appreciated, particularly the pruning, as it has opened up much more space and will make it more accessible for wheelchair users.

“A lot of our patients and their relatives enjoy sitting in the garden during the warmer weather for a change of scene and I have no doubt that it will be well used.”

Said Rhys Walker, 18, an apprentice with Tatterton Landscape Services: “It’s been really satisfying looking at the finished job and knowing that we’ve made a difference to the lives of the patients.”

The other apprentices involved in the project were: Jack Appleton (Congleton Town Council); Chris Bedson (Countrywide Grounds Maintenance); Sam Page (Cholmondeley Castle Gardens); Chris Marriott (Stocks Lane Nurseries, Over Peover); Jacob Wilkes (S J Fisheries, Betley, Crewe).

This is not the first time that Reaseheath apprentices have been part of a community project at Leighton Hospital. Several years ago the trainees renovated Ward 1’s garden and this in turn inspired volunteers at the hospital to do a similar project in Ward 4’s sensory dementia garden.