We are delighted that St Andrews has been awarded the Silver Gilt Award in RHS - Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom, in the Yorkshire Rose Public, Private and Charitable Establishments Category.
"Visitors to this peaceful place are met with a calm and serene atmosphere which clearly does so much to help the patients here. It was lovely to meet the hardworking team who do their best to make the stay here a healing experience for those involved.
The border in front of the main entrance showed evidence of thoughtful planning had a colour scheme which created a calm and soothing atmosphere. The wildlife area, left unmown, around the border of the site is a good idea, providing the soothing feel of being in the countryside whilst still in the safety of the site. The wildlife pond with ducks is a lovely feature as is the man made stream running between the two ponds with the soothing sound of running water.
The sensory garden has lots of impact. The planting is vaired and includes planting for sound and movement, which is pleasing. The separate garden rooms within it, with seating provide an opportunity for privacy if needed."
Congratulations to Chris Platt and his team, and Ronnie Macmillan, Head Gardener at Castlebrae, who designed the Sensory garden at St Andrews.