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What's coming next in 2023?Mon 30th Jan 2023 at 15:54

In the months ahead, we will be very busy with many projects taking place on Our Health Meadow. We will be constructing two roundhouses. Creating a pond and wetland Natural Flood Management feature with funding provided by Vale of Glamorgan Local Nature Partnership and creating accessible pathways with funding from Heritage Fund Wales. If you are interested in joining our Volunteer Days, they run every other Friday and are a great opportunity to get involved in this unique project. Please contact emma@downtoearthproject.org.uk for dates and further details.
Meadow MomentsMon 7th Nov 2022 at 00:00

There has been lots happening at Our Health Meadow over the past few months. Our amazing groups and volunteers have been working hard to maintain and improve the woodland and meadow areas, creating a tranquil, peaceful space that patients, staff and the local community can enjoy. Some of the work completed includes woodland management such as coppicing, bramble removal and tree felling to enhance the biodiversity of the woodland area by bringing in more light. Wooden fencing made from cleft chestnut wood has also been installed for safety and to help define different areas of the site for future uses. Our groups have been getting creative, building bird and hedgehog houses to encourage more animals to take up residence in our woodland area. Thanks to all our groups and volunteers for their efforts so far.
First for Wales “Building with Nature” award for landmark new hospital developmentSun 24th Jul 2022 at 23:00

The Our Health Meadow project has been awarded the UK’s first benchmark for green infrastructure – “Building with Nature” - for a scheme which is at the forefront of showing how hospital development can be good for people and nature. The first project in Wales to be awarded the benchmark was announced on June 20th by Vaughan Gething MS for Cardiff South and Penarth and Suzanne Rankin, CEO of Cardiff and Vale Health Board. Vaughan Gething MS said, “I’m really interested in seeing what we can create together here and the benefit it will provide for both patients, staff and the wider community. To develop something together with nature to have not just a net biodiversity gain but provide even more evidence for how outdoor health care can help you, me and everybody else who need our NHS.” Cardiff & Vale UHB CEO, Suzanne Rankin said, “Our Health Meadow is an absolutely inspirational project which is creating a new kind of space for health care delivery. It will create the opportunity for us to explore, and develop an understanding of the evidence base around this kind of healthcare, and create a space where our local community can get down to nature and experience this wonderful landscape.”
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