Garden transformation picks up youth award

10 March 2011

Trust staff and members of Active collected an award for the D2 garden project at a ceremony in Ramsey last week.


The D2 garden was transformed for the benefit of Addenbrooke's young patients and now includes a giant chess board, teenage zone shelter, climbing frame and chalk board. Active contributed to the final design, which also saw new flooring added, Astroturf laid and the beds and borders replanted.


Active, which gives young people a voice at Addenbrooke’s, worked with local landscape designer Lesley Dickinson and the estates team to turn their ideas into reality.


The giant chess board in the D2 garden

The giant chess board in the D2 garden.


The initiative has been awarded the Youth Bank award for Cambridge city. The award comes after the project was awarded funding from the Cambridgeshire Youth Bank, which is made up of a group of young people who allocate cash to their peers for schemes to benefit the community. Each year, the group selects one of the projects which has received money from each of five geographic areas as worthy winner of a Youth Bank award.

Active coordinator Kirsty Lothian, who was at the presentation ceremony, says: “The award ceremony was planned and presented by the young people of Ramsey youth club. We were presented with a trophy made from a recycled can and a framed certificate. We all really enjoyed the evening and there was a good atmosphere. It was nice to be part of something bigger within the region.”


More members are needed to join Active. If you are aged between 8 and 18 and would like to help improve the hospital for children and young people email





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