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A newly opened garden at a community hospital in Wales is helping make a difference to people living with dementia, thanks to help from Three-Sixty.

Three-Sixty and several local businesses and individuals have supported the new garden at Newtown Hospital in Powys, which has been re-established at the hospital run by the Powys Teaching Health Board.

Hospital_garden_copyIt has been renovated by staff from the hospital’s Memory Service with gardening equipment and plants donated by individuals and local businesses, including Three-Sixty, a vision care wholesaler based in Newtown that has donated a pop-up greenhouse.

“The Memory Service team had already set up a music group at Newtown Library and a knitting group at Jalna’s Café in the Ladywell Precinct. Our patients had expressed an interest in holding a gardening group and we set about tidying up an area within the hospital grounds,” said Hannah Williams, Dementia Support Worker at the hospital.

“The garden is already making a difference with dementia patients getting hands on and active helping tend to the garden. It keeps them active and allows them to socialise with others.

“Research supports gardening as a therapeutic activity and reduces isolation. It helps people find support from each other with a sense of purpose in growing things in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Hannah added: “We’re very grateful for the support from individuals and local businesses who have donated plants, equipment and time to the garden.”

Peter Simpson, General Manager at Three-Sixty, a wholesaler and supplier of eye care and medical products, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting a very worthwhile cause that is making a difference to the lives of people suffering from dementia. Hopefully the garden will bloom and help enhance the lives of patients.”