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Queen opens Chelsea Flower Show garden at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

The garden that was moved to the hospital roof to give patients a taste of the outdoors.

The Queen has opened a £650,000 family roof garden at a hospital in Aberdeen.

The space is designed to give patients a flavour of the outdoors and help aid their recovery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

She unveiled a plaque for the feature, which won awards at Chelsea Flower Show, and met former Scotland manager Craig Brown, who is one of the garden’s ambassadors.

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Reverend James Falconer shows Queen Elizabeth II the Robertson Family Roof Garden during a visit to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The royal visitor, who was wearing an Angela Kelly tweed coat with navy and white flecks and a matching hat, also took time to chat to nursing staff and patients.

Staff lined the corridors of the hospital and members of the public waited outside to catch a glimpse of the Queen.

Before being shown around the garden, designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett, she was shown a new stained glass window depicting parts of Scotland.

Paul Breen, a former patient who was at the hospital for two years after suffering an aneurysm, was delighted with the Queen’s reaction to the wheelchair-friendly space.

The 52-year-old said: “She congratulated me on the fundraising for the garden and my part in that.

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The Queen talks with patient and fundraiser Paul Breen and his wife Liz, during a visit to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“I think it’s wonderful, it’s better than I expected it to be.”

The garden, which has a variety of plants including lavender and ferns, also has a water feature and a small gazebo for sheltering from the elements.

It is hoped intensive care patients will make use of the facility and peaceful outside space.

NHS Grampian said the garden is a “physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefit to critically ill” and for long-term patients.

The unveiling of the Robertson Family Roof Garden was followed by a blessing before the Queen visited a Sue Ryder neurological care centre in Aberdeen.

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