A new wellbeing garden has opened at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, thanks to donations to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity – the official charity of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Built on the grounds of the old nurses’ accommodation on the north east of HRI, the garden is split into seven zones, providing spaces for socialising and gentle exercise, as well as seclusion and reflection. The designated areas are:

  • Arrival and sensory zone
  • Meeting and social zone
  • Activity group zone
  • Wildlife maze zone
  • Physiotherapy zone
  • Wildflower zone
  • Quiet seating zone

CHFT’s official charity has just relaunched, with a new look. Its new identity, including a new logo, is like a burst of sunshine, reflecting on how CHFT charity beams with positivity, spreading warmth through everything it does.

During its Amazing in Action Week as part of the relaunch, CHFT’s charity officially opened the gates to its Wellbeing Garden by hosting a celebration event.

Community leaders and individuals who helped make this happen were invited to have a guided tour around the garden, as well as understand what the charity is hoping to achieve in the future.



Emma Kovaleski, CHFT charity manager, said: “Thanks to our amazing donors, supporters, local businesses and NHS Charities Together for helping to make amazing happen, and funding our new Wellbeing Garden at HRI.

“Being able to spend time outdoors can have a real impact on people’s wellbeing, and I can’t wait to see colleagues, patients and their loved ones enjoying this beautiful space.

“We have worked closely with colleagues across various services at CHFT, to ensure we develop a garden that is multi-functional and meet a variety of patient, visitor and colleague needs.”

Former Mayor of Kirklees Clr Cahal Burke used his mayoral year, which ended in May, to raise money for the CHFT charity and also the Royal Air Force Association (Huddersfield branch).

Clr Burke is pictured above (left) with fellow Lindley Liberal Democrat councillors Anthony Smith and Ashleigh Robinson.