Queen opens Chelsea Flower Show garden on Aberdeen hospital roof

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The Queen has opened a winning Chelsea Flower Show garden that was moved to a hospital roof to give patients a taste of the outdoors.

Towards the end of her traditional stay at Balmoral, the Queen travelled to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to tour the Robertson Family Roof Garden and meet patients and staff.

Plans for the garden began in 2012 when looking for outside space to take trauma patients in their beds.

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

The following year, the Royal Bank of Canada offered their entire gold medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden to NHS Grampian.

After a fundraising drive, the garden was adapted by designer Professor Nigel Dunnett so that wheelchairs and intensive care unit patients could make use of the area.

NHS Grampian said the garden is a "physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefit to critically ill and long-term adults and children".

Later, the Queen will visit a Sue Ryder neurological care centre in Aberdeen.

She will meet staff and residents on a tour of the facility before contributing to a time capsule created to celebrate the work of the charity, founded in 1953.