STAFF at Knighton Community Hospital have praised their local League of Friends for a kind donation to cover the cost of a new sensory garden.

The garden will be used for the benefit of patients, residents, staff and visitors to the hospital, located on Ffrydd Road.

The infrastructure of the garden – including paving, planters and gravel – has now been completed by contractors and planting in the raised beds is to take place shortly.

Powys Teaching Health Board’s (PTHB) Christina Creemer thanked the group, saying “We cannot thank our local League of Friends enough. 

“Thanks to their donation we’ve been able to get someone in to make a tired looking area into a welcoming place that will be amazing once the planters are in bloom.”


League of Friends Trustee Rebe Brick added: “We are really pleased to be able to pass on the donations from members of our community to improve the facilities at Knighton hospital in this way.”

The new garden will be for the use of people who are within the maternity ward, using the five reablement beds, living at Cottage View, for staff of the hospital as well as patients accessing outpatient appointments at the hospital.

In January, the League of Friends provided funding so that local residents could attend hearing test appointments locally rather than being forced to travel outside of the area.

Funding for new audiology equipment means patients can now attend appointments at the hospital.

The League of Friends’ money enabled PTHB to purchase an audiometer for the hospital. An audiometer is an instrument used to measure hearing levels to identify hearing loss and create a prescription for a fitting of a hearing aid.

League of Friends trustee Rebe Brick (left), pictured in the new garden along with the health board’s residential care manager, Christina Creemer.