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Our commitment to Horatio’s Garden
With support from the National Garden Scheme, three more gardens have opened to patients in Buckinghamshire, Shropshire and London. The garden at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville was opened in September 2018 and was designed by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter and RHS Gold Medal Winner, Joe Swift.
In September 2019, the charity’s fourth garden, Horatio’s Garden Midlands, opened at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries in Oswestry. It has been designed by well-known Gardeners’ Question Time panelist Bunny Guinness.
The fifth Horatio’s Garden has been designed by internationally renowned, Tom Stuart-Smith, who has a total of eight Chelsea Flower Show gold medals to his name. Works began in January 2020 and were completed in September 2020. The garden is at The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, located at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.
Creating welcoming spaces
Having already broken ground at the Maggie’s centre in Southampton the charity was determined to push forward with the project in 2020 despite knowing they would be faced with inevitable delays during the worst of lockdown. This meant that the National Garden Scheme donation to help build the centre’s garden was a top priority.
Maggie’s Southampton aimed to open for visitors in November, with the garden still requiring some finishing touches at that time. Once complete Maggie’s expects to support 20,000 visits a year from people needing tailored emotional, practical and social support in the Southampton area. The schematic shows how the finished garden will look.
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