Teenagers are creating a community garden in the grounds of the City Hospital to provide staff and patients with somewhere to relax following a fundraising drive.
Around 16 young people doing their National Citizens Service (NCS) have raised Â£400, with additional funds coming from staff at the City Hospital.
The neglected space will be transformed into a garden with benches near to the neonatal ward.
Staff have praised the young people’s efforts.
Nina Kumari, team leader for the emergency and obstetric department at the City Hospital , who would benefit from the garden, said: “We work in theatre and we never see any sunlight.
“This garden is overgrown and derelict and has been neglected for years.
“We want to create a lovely space so staff can come out for lunch and coffee and get some fresh air because we work in a stressful environment.
“We have been raising funds for this garden. At the moment, we are raising about Â£600 and the kids have raised Â£400 from a cake sale.
“I think it is absolutely amazing. They are coming up with the design and are doing all the grafting.”
Work on the garden has started this week, with plans to see it officially opened next year.
The suggestion came from one of the teenagers whose mum works at the hospital.
She thought it would a great idea to create a relaxing garden because she knows how hard staff work.
It has been described as “a secret garden” that patients and staff will enjoy.
Lauren Wood,Â 16, from Arnold, said: “NCS has given us the opportunity to be able to give back to the community in enabling us to renovate a garden for the hard-working staff and the patients.”
Shannon Campbell, 16, from Basford , said: “This project will hopefully make such an impact on the staff and patients. Which will, therefore, make their stay much more enjoyable.”
Noah Clark, 16, of Sherwood, added: “I think such a small difference will make such a huge impact on the staff and patients on this ward.”