Green thumbs save historic roses at Yass Hospital

Green thumbs have saved historic roses at Yass Hospital.

Stop and smell the roses: A group of volunteers enjoy the autumn sunshine while saving the historic roses at Yass Hospital that would have been impacted by the redevelopment. Photo: supplied

Stop and smell the roses: A group of volunteers enjoy the autumn sunshine while saving the historic roses at Yass Hospital that would have been impacted by the redevelopment. Photo: supplied

Yass Garden Club and Yass Landcare Community Nursery have been working with the Yass Hospital redevelopment team to preserve the flowers that would have been impacted by the redevelopment, a statement from Southern NSW Local Health District said.

The club volunteered to catalogue, photograph, take cuttings and replant the roses, which have been iconic to the hospital for the past 70 years.

Earlier this month, volunteers and representatives from Richard Crookes Construction, which won the redevelopment tender, put their green thumbs to work in the autumn sunshine.

The rose cuttings were taken to the nursery where they'll be taken care of until the redevelopment is complete in 2020, then replanted outside Yass Hospital.

Yass Hospital Community Consultative Committee chair Jill McGovern said it was a huge achievement for the redevelopment and the community.

"What a wonderful response to our call for help in organising cuttings from the roses at the hospital. I am really confident that we will have some great results," Mrs McGovern said.

Yass Hospital Community Consultative Committee chair, Jill McGovern, hard at work carefully removing the historic roses. Photo: supplied

Yass Hospital Community Consultative Committee chair, Jill McGovern, hard at work carefully removing the historic roses. Photo: supplied

The $8 million redevelopment will include 24-hour access to emergency care, an additional treatment bay, dedicated ambulance entry point, an increase in patient beds from 10 to 12, improved community and allied health facilities and ongoing access to X-ray services.