West Herts Hospitals Charity is looking to raise £40k to help the healing process of patients and to provide respite for NHS staff.

The charity hopes to rally local support to transform an unused courtyard at Watford General Hospital into a sanctuary of tranquillity.

The project, dubbed the 'Wellbeing Garden', will be situated at the heart of the Women's and Children's building and will inject a breath of fresh air into the otherwise sterile environment.

Having set a target of £40,000, the charity intends to transform the space into a vibrant oasis: a place where patients can find solace in the midst of their hospital stay.

The garden will not only cater to the needs of patients but will also provide a retreat for hardworking NHS staff, a space where they can recharge and recuperate from the relentless demands of the ward.

Alison Rosen, CEO at West Herts Hospitals Charity, said: "The wellbeing garden represents a significant investment in the mental and emotional wellbeing of our patients and NHS staff at West Herts.

"The garden will create a much-needed green space in the heart of Watford General Hospital.

"Huge thanks to the Wickes Community Programme for their support, and we hope the local community and other corporates will be inspired to contribute to this special appeal."

Donations can be made on the charity's website at raisewestherts.org.uk/appeals/wellbeing-garden.

Watford Observer: Courtyard in WACS building at Watford GeneralCourtyard in WACS building at Watford General (Image: West Herts Hospitals Charity)

The design of the wellbeing garden includes a diverse range of elements such as a variety of spring bulbs and flowers, strategically placed to amplify biodiversity.

Other key features have been planned, including distinct areas for patients and staff, four sheltered spots, solar-powered lighting, fencing to disguise air conditioning units, and mirrored film on internal windows to maintain privacy.

Pledging their support, the Wickes Community Programme has donated two pergolas for the garden and has also promised to assist with painting tasks.

Contributions to aid the implementation of this innovative project are welcomed.