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By Zac Hannay
Young farmers help with hospital crop

GLENCAIRN Ward at Midpark Hospital in Dumfries will harvest its first potato crop later this year thanks to a donation from Lower Nithsdale Young Farmers Club.

Money raised by the club from its charity tractor run in November 2020 has been used to buy benches and planters for the ward garden at the inpatient mental health hospital on Bankend Road.

The pandemic delayed the delivery, but a group from the club along with Dumfries and Galloway Young Farmers 2020 treasurer, Louise Paterson have now delivered the benches.

Staff and patients at the ward are now looking forward to the first harvest of tomatoes and potatoes later this year.

Young Farmers’ Club 2020 chairman, Colin McKinnon said: “We’re glad to see this project through to its conclusion and finally giving back to the Glencairn Ward.”

Senior charge nurse Claire Gabriel said: “Louise and The Lower Nithsdale Young Farmers have demonstrated real commitment to their fundraising agenda.

“Luckily the fruits of their labour were delivered in time for the staff and patients to assemble and plant in time for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”

Glencairns’ gardens were created by staff and patients, supported by HMP Dumfries and the Friends of Midpark, to provide a comfortable outdoor space for patients and visitors after the hospital opened in 2012.

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