Cardiff & Vale Health Charity

Our Health Meadow

Our Health Meadow will bring to life the vision of a community orchard to the fields surrounding the University Hospital Llandough hospital site. The Health Board is working with partners to establish this innovative project which is believed to be the first of its kind at a hospital site in the UK.

Our goal is to establish an ecological community health park which aims to benefit wildlife, plants and people through positive human environment interaction.

Our Health Meadow will benefit patients, staff, visitors and the wider community and will be funded entirely through donations made to the Cardiff & Vale Health Charity

The scheme has now been rebranded as ‘Our Health Meadow’ from “Our Orchard” and was most recently out for consultation, detailing the plans/design for the green space, whilst seeking feedback from patients, local community and staff members on the features that were to be submitted within the planning application.

The changes to the project have given detail to the 7-acre space and is hoped to be underway from autumn 2021. Once the space begins to come to life it will bring with it a series of eco systems and biomes.

You can read more about this project here:

Arial View of Site from the South West – Golygfa o’r awyr o’r safle, o’r de-orllewin (Down To Earth, 2021)

St David’s Hospital Garden

There is another scheme which is along the same theme of again connecting with the outdoors, this garden project is at St David’s Hospital, outside Elizabeth Ward. The updating of this area was to provide a placid environment for both patient and visitors, and a useful space for patients to go for some fresh air and to spend time with relatives or visitors (Covid-19 restrictions allowing).

You can read more about this garden project here:

Hafan-y-Coed Garden

 Hafan-y-Coed adult mental health unit are shortly due to create a garden for patients to enjoy.  The ‘Cwtch Garden’ has been designed to house a mural and will be created by items that they are fortunate enough to have had donated to them.

Cardiff Royal Infirmary – Urban Garden

 Most recently Cardiff & Vale Health Charity was successful in its application for an urban garden package from the charity, ‘Keep Wales Tidy’ one of the first places in the country to benefit from this year’s Local Places for Nature scheme.

This award will allow the Health Board to create a green space within the grounds of Cardiff Royal Infirmary. The initiative mirrors the Keep Wales Tidy ethos;

        • To take actionto make a positive difference
        • To put peopleat the heart of everything we do
        • To protect our environmentfor now and for the future

The garden package to be received will consist of the following:

        • 50 native wildflower plug plants
        • Four native fern plants
        • Six native climbing plants (one litre pots)
        • Native bulbs
        • Powder-coated, aluminium planter with trellis
        • Peat-free compost and topsoil
        • Gravel for drainage
        • Bug hotel
        • Hand tools (secateurs, trowel)
        • Gloves

The Health Board’s activity in this area is on trend with global initiatives, where towns and cities are greening themselves within their current footprint.


 The Health Board has for a number of years now managed several bee hives, which are located at University Hospital Wales (UHW) and University Hospital Llandough (UHL).

The benefits of supporting our pollinators are numerous – they are an essential part of healthy functioning ecosystems, providing, for example:

        • food production – directly as honey, and indirectly as crops
        • a diverse, functioning and attractive environment and supporting:
        • health and wellbeing and urban green space

To find out more please read; The Action Plan for Pollinators in Wales


Water Drinking Stations

Cardiff & Vale UHB remains committed to supporting the UK Refill Scheme, and the global ‘City to Sea Campaign’.

Achieving daily water intake targets is a vision that has and is being promoted by NHS UK and Welsh Assembly Government, with the latter setting a target of making sure that everyone in Wales has access to clean drinking water as part of the Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

Improving our environment, the accessibility of clean water, the health of our community and the reduction of plastic generation within the Health Board, are the positive results that the Health Board’s involvement with this campaign brings.

Dr Suzanne Wood, Consultant in Public Health Medicine said: “Promoting healthy hydration is a key priority of our partnership plan to support people across Cardiff and the Vale to move more and eat well.  We are therefore really pleased that the new water stations are helping to improve access to drinking water. 

“Staying hydrated is important to keep our bodies healthy and water is a great choice for hydration as its free, calorie free and kind to your teeth.”

Refill drinking stations can currently be found at; – Barry Hospital, St David’s Hospital, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, The Breast Centre and The Llandough Centre for Specialist Spinal and Neuro Rehabilitation at University Hospital Llandough and Staff Haven Lakeside Wing at the University Hospital of Wales.  We are also receiving interest from other areas across Cardiff and Vale UHB.

Bike Health Check Sessions

Following the success of our taster sessions in the spring, Cardiff & Vale Health Charity funded a further 14 Bike Health Check Sessions working with local charity Cardiff Pedal Power.   These sessions took place across our hospital sites during September & October 2021 with the aim of ensuring that bikes are winter ready, enabling staff to safely get on their bikes and out in the fresh air!

Most of these sessions were fully booked, we listened to colleagues and moved some sessions to areas that weren’t initially covered, and also ensured we covered additional sites including UHW and Woodland House.

For further information please visit the Cardiff & Vale Health Charity website. 

Horatio’s garden

Using a green space to help with the healing process or provide a welcome distraction to those receiving care. ‘Horatio’s Garden Cardiff’ will be located at UHL’s newly created Welsh Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Centre under the ‘Rookwood Scheme’.  The garden is again driven by donations and is amazingly supported from people across Wales, including a past patient. The project is fortunate to have secured the services of award-winning Welsh designer Sarah Price.

Have your say

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board is an active entity continually improving. As a health board, we aim to exceed our responsibilities by delivering more than healthcare.  We are always striving to be better. By continuing to make a difference not just for today, we hope to leave a lasting example for future generations to follow.

If you wish to contact the Sustainability Team, please email

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