Skip to main content

NHS staff make a beeline to new hospital garden

NHS staff at Glasgow Royal Infirmary enjoy a break at the hospital's new garden

An Abbeyford Leisure employee is helping to create a buzz in the newly developed gardens of Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI), one of Scotland's busiest hospitals.

Pictured above: Staff from Glasgow Royal Infirmary enjoy a break in the hospital's new Bee-Road garden. 

In his spare time, Senior Sales Executive, Tom Moore, has joined a colony of other budding volunteers to help transform a strip of land on the side of the hospital so that clincical teams can enjoy a break away from the hustle and bustle of busy wards and NHS departments.

Known to GRI staff as the 'Bee-Road' (due to its location next to the working bee hives managed by charity, the Friends of Glasgow Royal Infirmary), the new garden, which has been supported by volunteers, is beginning to flourish and is proving to be a haven for wildlife and a real honey pot for NHS staff.

Green-fingered Tom said:

I've been volunteering for over a year and it's incredibly heartwarming to see the hospital workers enjoy the garden we've created. We're a small army of around 20 volunteers and the difference the outdoor space makes to people's wellbeing is immeasurable. Doctors, nurses, porters and support staff all come and benefit hugely from spending just a few minutes in the garden.

"I've grown many of the flowers myself from seed including cornflowers, giant daises, fuchsia, marigolds and sweet william and the bees can't get enough of them."

Tom Moore volunteers at Glasgow Royal Infirmary staff garden
Abbeyford Leisure's Tom Moore volunteers his time.

Associate Chief Nurse, Trisha Myers, said: "Years ago the garden was actually a glass covered corridor connecting the hospital and nurses’ home. Now, with the help of volunteers like Tom, we've completely transformed the space into a green oasis complete with five bee hives. You can almost forget about the thousands of vehicles trundling along the nearby M8!

"We've invested in seating benches and picnic benches and have more on order. It has proved to be a very worthwhile thing to do for staff as all areas had capacity in their rest rooms greatly reduced due to social distancing, previously leaving many staff unable to find a place to have a break.

"We're also donating soil/compost and plants we have grown and as any keen gardener knows, there's always work to be done, so we're looking to gather funds to further develop the areas. We really appreciate the kind donation from Abbeyford Leisure and of course the hardwork of Tom and his fellow volunteers and hope that the garden continues to bloom."

Share your adventures

Tag your Instagram posts with #abbeyfordleisure

Guests enjoying the giant deckchair at Elie Holiday Park
An image description here
Happy brown dog running on the beach
An image description here
Summer 80s party at Elie Holiday Park
An image description here
Free Papa Johns tasters at St Andrews Holiday Park
An image description here
Children enjoying rock pool safari
An image description here
Shell Bay heart
An image description here

Abbeyford in your inbox

Stay up to date with all our latest news and offers

Yes, I would like to subscribe for the e-newsletter to receive updates on Abbeyford Leisure news and special offers.
Happy girl wearing oversized sunglasses
Happy girl wearing oversized sunglasses

Award-winning holiday parks

Book with confidence knowing that we've been creating smiles for over 70 years.

Premier Park 2023

Elie Holiday Park - independently assessed as one of the finest campsites in the UK

Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice

Recognised for consistently receiving excellent reviews

Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards

Four times a finalist - One time runner up

David Bellamy Bee Friendly Award

Honey bee friendly holiday parks


Our holiday parks have been quality assured by VisitScotland