A new biodiversity garden which will reduce pollution, calm patients and attract nature, will be launched at Broomfield Hospital with the help of local schoolchildren.
The garden will be at the front entrance of the hospital with a bug hotel designed by pupils at Broomfield Primary School, which will attract bees and bugs to help pollinate the garden in future.
It will have new lighting, more than 200 new plants and the ‘Buzz Hotel’ which has been recently built and unveiled to the children in a special assembly.
The project, which saw 37 entries from students, was set up between the school and Bouygues, the facilities management company which looks after the Broomfield Hospital site.
Nikki Mortimer, performance administrator for Bouygues, said: “The garden is going to be amazing; it will benefit patients who sometimes sit out the front by reducing pollution and also bringing them closer to nature.”
Seven-year-old Adam Ledra, who penned the winning design, said: "I felt really proud seeing the Buzz Hotel. I liked seeing how my 2D design has been made into 3D."
During the project, students at Broomfield Primary School were also sent their own bug hotels to paint themselves.
Teacher Fran Foley said: “The children were really excited to take part in the project. They showed lots of creative ideas to help the environment."