Topic: Bob Banyard
Gardener 1960 -1970. By Jean Banyard
Robert (Bob) Banyard was 28 years old when he was appointed head gardener in 1960. It was quite a challenge to start with as he was so young. His staff comprised of five or six men many of whom were very much his senior, but his very pleasant manor soon had them working very happily together.
Some of the trees planted during Bob’s time are still in the grounds today. Unfortunately the beautiful flower beds don’t exist anymore but I’m sure they are remembered by many.
At Christmas time there were no artificial Christmas trees instead the gardening staff went into the country side to find them on the side of the roads. The ward staff were always on the look out for the best shapes. It was much more a family atmosphere in those days before the hospital got so big.
Bob also became well known for the beautiful floral arrangements he created in the main entrance to encourage patients and visitors to exercise and view them, which they did. He worked with the architect on the plans for the roof garden but left before it was completed. Bob died in September 2013.