painted stone reading Welcome to the Jean Bishop Garden with painted flowers and 7 small and one large stone painted to look like bees

Integrated care centre sensory garden blooms in memory of Jean Bishop

The Citycare team were recently joined by Environmental & Management Solutions Yorkshire (EMS), a charity, to create a garden in memory of Hull’s iconic Bee Lady at the Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre (ICC) in Hull. CHP are head tenant in the ICC and a shareholder in Citycare.

The sensory garden which is part of continuing improvements to the ICCs green space will create a more welcoming, therapeutic environment for the older, frail patients visiting the Centre.

Planning began in June 2021 when Citycare and CHP wanted to improve green spaces at their healthcare buildings.  The team at CHP are looking forward to seeing the garden bloom in 2022.  A beautiful and relaxing environment for patients and staff to support their physical and mental wellbeing.

three women and a man standing with gardening tools in garden at Jean Bishop ICC Hull
left to right: Clare Cornelius – Estates Assistant, Emma Todd – Estates team Lead, Tim Wrigglesworth, Citycare Chief Executive, Megan Gay – Estates Assistant

Clare Cornelius, Citycare Estates Assistant said:

“We set out to create a sensory garden to help keep patients minds active, and when we heard the sad news of Jean’s passing, we were keen to make it a tribute to her, at the building which bears her name.

“The garden is designed to support patients, many of whom have conditions such as dementia, through sensory experiences which have proven to slow memory loss, aid hand-eye coordination and help maintain attention.

“It is my hope that the garden will be added to over time, and we can continue to work with charities, schools, and dementia groups to not only leave a lasting tribute to Jean but provide meaningful benefits to the staff and patients at the ICC.

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, specifically to Timpson’s who I worked closely with on the design of the plaque to ensure we captured Jean’s spirit, John Pickles, and volunteers at EMS for carrying out all the groundwork, and the Goodwin Trust for their artistic contribution.

“We really hope we have done Jean and her family proud, and we look forward to inviting them back to the ICC in the spring when the garden is in full bloom.”

Plaque commemorating Jean Bishop ‘In every woman there is a queen – This garden is dedicated to our own Queen Bee in everlasting tribute to the love and support she gave to our community. Plaque gifted by the Timpson team

Partnership Working

The charity EMS carried out all the groundwork, but also created the sensory board from scratch with twigs, grass, and other textures for tactile stimulation, created a paved pathway leading to the memorial plaque, and sourced many of the bulbs, plants and birdboxes.  Numerous staff and volunteers painted stones to display in the garden

Eleanor Lee from the Goodwin Development Trust contributed a drawing of Jean which will be placed inside the ICC.

Planting Flowers in the sensory garden

The full team came together to complete the garden, filling the raised flower beds with lavender and mint, planting seeds and Spring bulbs including crocus, daffodils, and tulips. Lavender and mint were selected for their strong scent and flavour;  The team hope the on-site community café can use them in their recipes.

The garden includes:

  • Bird, bee, and bug houses
  • Window bird feeders and stakes
  • Painted pebbles created by Citycare and the team
  • Benches sanded and painted by the Rise Academy team
  • More name plaques will be added to the sensory board.

About Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre

Since opening in July 2018, the award-winning Centre has seen thousands of older people who are at risk of an admission to a hospital. The ICC was built to support more patients in the community. The building is mainly single story for easy accessibility.  It operates as a hub for rapid assessment, coordinated care and early intervention for Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The ICC also has diagnostic services including ultrasound, X-ray and phlebotomy.   There is an onsite fire station with the team from the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service assessing fire safety issues for older people.

23 December 2021

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