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Greening Gartnavel

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Mel Hall at Gartnavel

One of TCV's latest recruits is Mel Hall, Senior Project Officer with the Gartnavel Green Activity Project. Mel’s role is to encourage more people to enjoy the greenspaces within the Gartnavel Hospital campus in Glasgow’s West End. The project is hosted by the umbrella organisation ‘Art in the Gart’, which uses arts in the broadest sense to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

Mel says: “Over the next few months we’re running the ‘Keep Out’ campaign to encourage more patients, visitors and staff to get away from the clinical areas and waiting rooms to enjoy the walks, rest areas, tranquillity and nature to be found within Gartnavel’s extensive grounds. This welcome is extended to members of the local community, some of whom already make use of our paths for dog walking, strolling, running and cycling. My work also extends to activities taking place in the ‘Growing Spaces’ where volunteers have been active for several years, carrying out the refurbishment of a beautiful walled garden and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs around a historic summerhouse. We’ll be running more activities for volunteers to enhance Gartnavel’s greenspaces, so there’s plenty of digging, planting, weeding, and pruning coming up! If anyone is interested in joining us, please contact me at m.hall@tcv.org.uk or at 07977 406900."

Gartnavel Green Activity Project is funded by NHS Health Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.