The Queen opened a £650,000 rooftop garden at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Friday.
The Garden is meant for patients and their families and visitors, as well as the hospital staff, to enjoy. The Garden is a combination of plants, flowers, trees and grasses.
Paul Breen, a former Aberdeen Royal Infirmary patient and fundraiser for the Garden, met the Queen and spoke to the Evening Express, saying, “She congratulated me on the fundraising for the garden and my part in it. I think it’s wonderful, it’s better than I expected it to be.”
The Queen met with the people involved in the creation of the Garden, including Rev. James Falconer, Healthcare Chaplain, whose idea led to the Garden.
“The last three years have been a whirlwind of fundraising, talks, raffles, fairs, shows, planning, design, engagement, meetings, technical discussions, construction and so much more,” reads the Garden’s NHS Grampian page.
“It has required hard work, dedication, tenacity and fortitude, but creating a beautiful, calm outside space, in the heart of a very busy hospital campus, has always been the ultimate goal.”
The Queen also met the Garden Designer, Professor Nigel Dunnett, who’d won a gold medal for the original garden at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show in 2013. His design became more accessible for the Infirmary so that all patients would be able to enjoy it.
Later that day, The Queen visited the Sue Ryder Dee View Court specialist neurology centre. The Queen is Patron of Sue Ryder, which provides hospice and neurological care in the UK.
The Queen met the staff and residents of the facility during her visit, and signed the guestbook with a simple “Elizabeth R, 29th September 2017”.
“Showing Her Majesty our facility was a hugely proud moment for us all,” said Pamela Mackenzie, Sue Ryder’s Director of Neurological Services and Scotland, in a press release.
“Particularly sharing the incredible impact that Sue Ryder Dee View Court has on people who need our help the most.”