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Raigmore Hospital manager now treats hospital lawns

By Philip Murray

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Alastair Watt
Alastair Watt

A former hospital manager is returning to Raigmore 20 years after he left, only this time with a more greenfingered task in mind.

Alastair Watt, who previously worked at the hospital as manager for surgical services, is now the owner of the GreenThumb (Inverness) Lawn Treatment franchise.

And he and his team are helping the hospital with some weed and feed treatments plus moss control, on the lawns at the main entrance to the hospital – free of charge.

Alastair Watt during his time at Raigmore.
Alastair Watt during his time at Raigmore.

He said: “I was at this fantastic hospital for 10 years, and I had been thinking about giving something back, now I am nearing retirement. I had considered being a volunteer driver perhaps, but it occurred to me that my small business could offer something a bit different, something in which we have some expertise.

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“We are planning several visits over the course of the year and are liaising with the Facilities Department to ensure we fit in with the regular grass-cutting schedules. If we get a good result, and the hospital would like us to return next year, I am sure we would be very pleased to help.”

Alastair explained that GreenThumb normally provides annual treatment programmes for residential properties with a network of 200+ franchises across the UK. With over 1,000 customers in the wider Moray Firth area, many of whom are NHS staff and patients.

Alastair Watt today.
Alastair Watt today.

He said: “An uplifting environment has long been recognised as being of therapeutic value in healthcare. Maggies’ Centres, including the one at Raigmore, have the surrounding environment as one of their core philosophies. We would be delighted if we were able to make a small contribution to that.”

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