The woodland on the ground of Forth Valley Royal Hospital, known as Larbert Woods, has been transformed since 2011 and work is soon to be finished. NHS FVRH, Forestry Commission Scotland, Central Scotland Forest Trust and Falkirk Council have been working together to improve the green space for staff, patients, visitors and the local community.
In addition, the project is making a major contribution to the Central Scotland Green Network, one of Scotland’s National Developments.
Greening up the NHS estate
Larbert Woods is part of the Commission’s ‘Green Exercise Partnership’ that encourages local health boards and local authorities to improve hospital grounds for health and wellbeing purposes. FVRH is the first hospital in Scotland to enhance its green space and more hospitals will follow next year including Gartnavel and Ninewells.
The aim is to encourage staff, patients, visitors and the local community to use the woods for physical activity, recreation and relaxation.
A huge amount has already been achieved at Larbert Woods including extensive rhododendron clearing to expose a loch and repairing an atmospheric Victorian sluice. New paths have been constructed throughout the woodland as well as an outdoor classroom for local schools to use.
More information about the project is available from Central Scotland Forest Trust.