The Trust recognises the importance of regular access to natural environments for its patients, staff and visitors. The Trust wants to raise the awareness of biodiversity and sustainable practices to help promote the link between green spaces and their positive benefits for mental health & wellbeing.
The site comprises of an area dominated by planted mixed woodland, interspersed with patches of amenity grassland surrounding the hospital buildings and a central lake.
The Royal Bournemouth Hospital is home to a range of biodiversity, which has been further encouraged through the continued improvement of our green spaces over the last couple of years.
The Hospital lakeside is a popular location for a number of bird species including herons, moorhens, woodpeckers, cormorants, and kingfishers. The lake itself harbours a range of coarse fish species such as koi carp, mirror carp, grass carp, and ornamental goldfish.
The lake is a relaxed location which staff and patients can enjoy, and supports the benefits that green spaces have been demonstrated to have on patient recovery.