Cranleigh in Bloom has been working hard to improve the neglected garden at Cranleigh Village Hospital.
During several working parties, we have removed weeds and cut back overgrowth, before edging the borders, mowing the lawn and adding fresh compost. New plants have also been added to the garden which are sympathetic to the cottage garden.
Cranleigh Village Hospital was the first cottage hospital to be opened in England. The original cottage where the hospital was hosted has been dated to around 1446 by dendrochronology.
In 1859 the local GP, Dr Napper and the village rector, Archdeacon Sapte established the hospital with the support of generous patrons.
The beds were finally closed in 2010, as a result of changes in policy and NHS funding priorities.