Utilising the Wellbeing of Future Generation agenda, Cardiff & Vale Health Board is developing a unique outdoor space to enhance the health and wellbeing of patients and the local community. It was launched at University Hospital Llandough (UHL) as part of World Health Day. The vision of Our Orchard is to create a unique space which will become a legacy for generations to come. This long term project will be established in phases and
will include a semi-natural planted area which has been set aside for the protection of plants and wildlife, wildflower meadows and a bee sanctuary.
Our Orchard will be created on 7 acres of semi-rural pasture land and woodland which makes up part of the UHL estate. This will benefit patients, staff, visitors and the wider community and will be funded entirely through donations made to the Cardiff and Vale Health Charity. No NHS funding will contribute to the development and maintenance of this unique outdoor
UHL is fast becoming a long term recovery and rehabilitation hospital. For many of our patients, their conditions and treatments are long term, keeping them away from their friends, family and familiar environments. This can be for many months while they regain their health or learn to live with managing their present health in a different way. Being away from family and friends and
living within a clinical environment can have an impact on the patients wellbeing and in turn slow recovery, leading to a longer hospital stay.
Ein Berllan - Our Orchard will enhance the benefits of health and wellbeing while supporting our patients on their journey of recovery and rehabilitation. It will allow patients to be taken out of the traditional clinical environment and enjoy fresh air and natural light which can assist with recovery.
The health benefits of environmental factors and the impact of nature and wildlife upon physical and mental wellbeing has long been recognised and Ein Berllan - Our Orchard will enhance this vision.