Horatio's Garden

Our supporters

Prince Harry

We are very honoured that
Prince Harry sent a message of support for the garden.

Mary Berry

Mary Berry

"What a wonderful lasting tribute for Horatio - an inspirational garden for everyone to find peace and tranquillity"


Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh

Horatio's Garden demonstrates the healing power of gardens in the most positive way possible. It is the most worthwhile enterprise and deserves tremendous support from us all.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

"Horatio's Garden is a wonderful, dynamic charity and I'm delighted to support their work. The garden at Salisbury Hospital is not just a place of sanctuary, but a beautiful and hopeful space, offering a positive response to people in very difficult situations."

The Duchess of Northumberland

The Duchess of Northumberland

It has long been acknowledged that gardens can heal the soul. Horatio's Garden is loved and appreciated by patients and their families who value the opportunity to spend time together in a beautiful setting. I have no doubt that Horatio's Garden will encourage healing of both the body and the soul and will play an important role in patient's recovery. What a wonderful way for a wonderful young man to be remembered.

The Duke of Buccleuch

The Duke of Buccleuch

Vivid are the memories of dedicated hospital care received by my father after breaking his back 40 years ago, though equally vivid are months of morale sapping gloom amidst monotonous surroundings. To breathe, to imagine the nature and countryside he loved through a beautiful garden would have done untold good. Who can doubt the profound importance of Horatio’s Gardens wherever people face such trauma. We can all play a part in creating them.

Sir James Stirling of Garden

Sir James Stirling of Garden

I am aware from other charities how much pleasure and real enjoyment, patients get from a garden near their hospital and how in addition it aids their recovery. This must be especially so with patients confined to a bed or wheel chair. Horatio's Garden at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital will be a huge asset and a very worthwhile memorial.

The Countess of Rosslyn

The Countess of Rosslyn

A garden is ‘the purest of human pleasures’, in the words of Francis Bacon, so Horatio Chapple’s vision of creating gardens to be enjoyed by patients with spinal injuries was truly inspired.
I am delighted to be a Patron of Horatio’s first Scottish Garden, at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow, and it is with great excitement that we embark on a project to make his vision become a reality for the second time. I look forward to watching this new garden grow and bring pleasure to many in Horatio’s memory.

Sir Kenneth Calman

Sir Kenneth Calman

I am delighted to support Horatio's Garden. Over the years some of my main interests have been in quality of life and well-being for those who are unwell. This can be influenced by many things, including the environment of care. A garden can make all the difference to someone who needs help and support.

Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Horatio’s Garden is an inspiring yet simple idea of how to transform loss into gain by using nature to heal the body and soul in a beautiful haven of peace and tranquillity – what could be a better legacy for a life sadly cut short than to be the catalyst for so many others to benefit indefinitely.

Monty Don

Monty Don

Tending a garden heals so much more than flesh and blood. Broken hearts, spirits and minds can all mend through the loving care of a garden. And it is more than just therapy. Whatever state or condition we happen to be in, growing and nurturing plants makes us better become the people we would like to be.

Horatio's Gardens are fine and beautiful memorials and may they grow to enrich, inspire and empower everyone that use them.

Melanie Reid

Melanie Reid

A spinal injury is imprisoning. It entails long months in hospital, trying to make sense of your new, bewildering body. There is a huge amount of healing needed, physical, emotional and spiritual, and I can think of nothing more valuable for patients than the chance to escape to a place of beauty, peace and solitude. I craved such a sanctuary. I hope the memory of one very special young man will flourish across the UK as other spinal units are inspired to develop Horatio’s Gardens too.

Professor Charles Greenough MD MChir FRCS

Professor Charles Greenough MD MChir FRCS

Horatio’s Gardens provide the space, tranquillity and privacy to allow a patient and their family to renew their strength. This space is so important in the middle of busy hospital environments where there is little opportunity for private reflection.

As rehabilitation progresses Horatio’s Gardens can provide a back drop of tranquillity which is available at all times. Later they provide space for meetings with family and friends and space for recreation. Children of families may be welcomed, which is so important for parents and grandparents as rehabilitation continues. Horatio’s Garden also provides therapy as patients can be involved in the day to day management. Well planned changes of surface, or small steps in some areas, build confidence in wheelchair skills.

Recovery and rehabilitation from Spinal Cord Injury require much inner strength from the patient and their nearest and dearest. Horatio’s Gardens are a vital source of renewal of this strength.
Professor C Greenough MD MChir FRCS
Chair of Clinical Reference Group – Spinal Cord Injury
Clinical Director – Regional Golden Jubilee Spinal Cord Injury Centre


Trudie Styler

Trudie Styler

Horatio’s Garden is a living testament to a beautiful boy whose life was taken too soon. As a long term champion of local, sustainable and healthy eating, I am personally thrilled to see the initiative expanding to encourage the growing and consumption of delicious good food in the hospital.
May Horatio's Garden continue to flourish and blossom, bringing comfort, delight and nourishment to all who visit here.

Andy Irvine

Andy Irvine

The Scottish rugby community knows the devastating effect that spinal cord injury can have on people and their families.
Having a beautiful garden to go to during the long months in hospital would make a massive difference especially to injured sports people who, before their accidents were used to being outside.

Frank Gardner

Frank Gardner

It was honour to witness the opening of this excellent project. As a one-time spinal injuries patient myself, I know I craved just such a space to recover in. It has peace, tranquillity, life and beauty. Who could ask for more?

Cleve West

Cleve West

Helping to realise Horatio's Garden has been incredibly satisfying on many levels, not least in seeing it play such an important part in the healing of patients' minds, bodies and spirits. Affected families also benefit from this sanctuary as do the dedicated staff who work tirelessly to mend broken lives. It really makes you wonder why all hospitals can't enjoy such spaces.

Sir John MacMillan

Sir John MacMillan

I was delighted to be asked to join the team. I have known Horatio’s grandfather for more years than I care to remember.
I have grown things since I was a boy, (sometimes under duress), and the Southern General saved my son’s life.

Gregor Fisher

Gregor Fisher

I am so delighted to support this wonderful venture and having a member of our family who has been treated for spinal injuries, has given both my wife and myself a small insight into the life changing effects that such injuries cause.
So to provide a place of sanctuary and rehabilitation is a great thing and I do hope Horatio's Gardens flourish throughout the length and breadth of the land.

Mark Coreth

Mark Coreth

I was delighted to be asked to support Horatio’s Garden with some of my sculpture, but that delight took a new energy when I went to meet Olivia at the site. Only then did I realise the extreme value of the space and setting for the patients. There is a tranquility and a peaceful purpose to the garden that made me feel very humble. The way the garden is laid out, the thought that has gone into its design are plainly acknowledged by people who NEED the space, I know that as I have had a number of calls and messages from those that have seen the sculpture. Long may this energy remain for others through the memory of Horatio.

Maggie Bracher MSc Erg, Dip COT, MBAOT

Maggie Bracher MSc Erg, Dip COT, MBAOT

Occupational Therapists have, for many years, recognised and promoted the psychological and physical benefits of being outdoors and working with plants.
Horatio’s Gardens are beautiful and tranquil spaces and wonderful examples of the therapeutic benefits that can be gained from spending time in a natural environment.

Maggie Bracher MSc Erg, Dip COT, MBAOT
Occupational Therapy Lecturer/Back Care Adviser
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Southampton

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

May dear Horatio's Garden thrive.

Magnus Linklater CBE

Magnus Linklater CBE

A garden is a fitting memorial to Horatio, who made such an indelible impression on his many friends. A garden will always continue to grow, and so, I am sure, will memories of Horatio, and what he achieved.

Eva Loeffler

Eva Loeffler

My father Ludwig Guttmann used sport as a way of rehabilitating people with spinal cord injuries and helping them return to a normal life in society.
Horatio's Garden is a project in the same way showing people confined to wheelchairs that so much is possible .
It is also an inspiring place of beauty and activity and is a wonderful memorial to a fine young man.

Sarah Raven

Sarah Raven

I know that if I lost the ability to walk, one of the main things I'd want to do would be spend more time gardening. It's an occupation which is quickly and intensely rewarding, tapping into so many different sides of human nature - the intellectual, the creative, the nurturing, the practical, the organising, the planning ... that's why Horatio's Garden - and many more like it - is such an important development idea for those with spinal injury.

James Alexander Sinclair

James Alexander Sinclair

Horatio's Garden has a dual purpose. Firstly to commemorate and remember the life of a young man, and secondly to bring the power of gardens to those suffering from spinal injuries. Imagine for a moment how your lives would be lessened by being unable to dig a hole or even bend down to pull an offending thistle. Gardening is such a powerful force and Horatio's Garden will mean that those in the unit can still see the bees fly, smell the warm jasmine and listen to the birds sing.

Tom Stuart-Smith

Tom Stuart-Smith

Horatio's Garden is a brilliant idea and I can't think of anyone better than Cleve West to transform this underused and windy corner into a nurturing, welcoming and beautiful garden that will raise the spirits and give hope. There is such an impressive team, with such passion and focussed commitment behind the project, that I can see it being a trailblazer for other therapeutic gardens far and wide.

Charles Hazlewood

Charles Hazlewood

What an incredible thing you have achieved, a beautiful oasis of beauty and tranquillity, the least likely thing in a hospital context!

Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono

How fitting that this much-loved young man's life be celebrated in the form of Horatio's Garden. Gardens are perhaps uniquely able to help us through physical as well as emotional hard times, not just through actively gardening but by simply being in them. Remembering Horatio's life in this garden ensures that many more - patients and their friends and family alike - will continue to be inspired and uplifted in his name.



Jekka McVicar

Jekka McVicar

A garden in memory of Horatio is a wonderful tribute to a young man who was so full of life. For a garden never dies; it evolves as it reflects the passing of the seasons. It is an inspirational space for all the senses and in time will give peace and encouragement to all.

Toby Buckland

Toby Buckland

It's wonderful that Horatio’s Garden, such a positive force for good, can be borne from such terrible events. Although fortunate to have never faced such physical trauma myself, I know that in times of personal difficulty, gardening – in fact just being outdoors in a uplifting space – has always helped me through.



James Barnes

James Barnes

What a wonderful opportunity to help with something that I truly believe in. The power of green spaces to heal and to bring respite.

Antony Woodward

Antony Woodward

My mother, a horse-riding botanist, broke her back when I was five. The effect was as if a cage had descended over our family.
My mother made just one request - that she could see, and get to, the garden. Easy access to fresh air, sunshine, the whispering of wind in leaves, the feel of earth through the fingers, the scent of flowers and flutter of flitting birds, together offered a healing balm the power of which is probably unimaginable to those who’ve never been deprived of them.

Alan Power Head Gardener, Stourhead

Alan Power Head Gardener, Stourhead

I am delighted to be involved with and supporting Horatio’s Garden for both personal and professional reasons. It is a project that will help so many and also honour an amazing young man.

Matthew Sanford

Matthew Sanford

I believe the work you are all doing is fantastic. Helping people through providing access to earth and beauty is well worth the effort.

Prince Harry

We are very honoured that
Prince Harry sent a message of support for the garden.

Mary Berry

Mary Berry

"What a wonderful lasting tribute for Horatio - an inspirational garden for everyone to find peace and tranquillity"


Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh

Horatio's Garden demonstrates the healing power of gardens in the most positive way possible. It is the most worthwhile enterprise and deserves tremendous support from us all.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

"Horatio's Garden is a wonderful, dynamic charity and I'm delighted to support their work. The garden at Salisbury Hospital is not just a place of sanctuary, but a beautiful and hopeful space, offering a positive response to people in very difficult situations."

The Duchess of Northumberland

The Duchess of Northumberland

It has long been acknowledged that gardens can heal the soul. Horatio's Garden is loved and appreciated by patients and their families who value the opportunity to spend time together in a beautiful setting. I have no doubt that Horatio's Garden will encourage healing of both the body and the soul and will play an important role in patient's recovery. What a wonderful way for a wonderful young man to be remembered.

The Duke of Buccleuch

The Duke of Buccleuch

Vivid are the memories of dedicated hospital care received by my father after breaking his back 40 years ago, though equally vivid are months of morale sapping gloom amidst monotonous surroundings. To breathe, to imagine the nature and countryside he loved through a beautiful garden would have done untold good. Who can doubt the profound importance of Horatio’s Gardens wherever people face such trauma. We can all play a part in creating them.

Sir James Stirling of Garden

Sir James Stirling of Garden

I am aware from other charities how much pleasure and real enjoyment, patients get from a garden near their hospital and how in addition it aids their recovery. This must be especially so with patients confined to a bed or wheel chair. Horatio's Garden at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital will be a huge asset and a very worthwhile memorial.

The Countess of Rosslyn

The Countess of Rosslyn

A garden is ‘the purest of human pleasures’, in the words of Francis Bacon, so Horatio Chapple’s vision of creating gardens to be enjoyed by patients with spinal injuries was truly inspired.
I am delighted to be a Patron of Horatio’s first Scottish Garden, at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow, and it is with great excitement that we embark on a project to make his vision become a reality for the second time. I look forward to watching this new garden grow and bring pleasure to many in Horatio’s memory.

Sir Kenneth Calman

Sir Kenneth Calman

I am delighted to support Horatio's Garden. Over the years some of my main interests have been in quality of life and well-being for those who are unwell. This can be influenced by many things, including the environment of care. A garden can make all the difference to someone who needs help and support.

Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Sir Cameron Mackintosh

Horatio’s Garden is an inspiring yet simple idea of how to transform loss into gain by using nature to heal the body and soul in a beautiful haven of peace and tranquillity – what could be a better legacy for a life sadly cut short than to be the catalyst for so many others to benefit indefinitely.

Monty Don

Monty Don

Tending a garden heals so much more than flesh and blood. Broken hearts, spirits and minds can all mend through the loving care of a garden. And it is more than just therapy. Whatever state or condition we happen to be in, growing and nurturing plants makes us better become the people we would like to be.

Horatio's Gardens are fine and beautiful memorials and may they grow to enrich, inspire and empower everyone that use them.

Melanie Reid

Melanie Reid

A spinal injury is imprisoning. It entails long months in hospital, trying to make sense of your new, bewildering body. There is a huge amount of healing needed, physical, emotional and spiritual, and I can think of nothing more valuable for patients than the chance to escape to a place of beauty, peace and solitude. I craved such a sanctuary. I hope the memory of one very special young man will flourish across the UK as other spinal units are inspired to develop Horatio’s Gardens too.

Professor Charles Greenough MD MChir FRCS

Professor Charles Greenough MD MChir FRCS

Horatio’s Gardens provide the space, tranquillity and privacy to allow a patient and their family to renew their strength. This space is so important in the middle of busy hospital environments where there is little opportunity for private reflection.

As rehabilitation progresses Horatio’s Gardens can provide a back drop of tranquillity which is available at all times. Later they provide space for meetings with family and friends and space for recreation. Children of families may be welcomed, which is so important for parents and grandparents as rehabilitation continues. Horatio’s Garden also provides therapy as patients can be involved in the day to day management. Well planned changes of surface, or small steps in some areas, build confidence in wheelchair skills.

Recovery and rehabilitation from Spinal Cord Injury require much inner strength from the patient and their nearest and dearest. Horatio’s Gardens are a vital source of renewal of this strength.
Professor C Greenough MD MChir FRCS
Chair of Clinical Reference Group – Spinal Cord Injury
Clinical Director – Regional Golden Jubilee Spinal Cord Injury Centre


Trudie Styler

Trudie Styler

Horatio’s Garden is a living testament to a beautiful boy whose life was taken too soon. As a long term champion of local, sustainable and healthy eating, I am personally thrilled to see the initiative expanding to encourage the growing and consumption of delicious good food in the hospital.
May Horatio's Garden continue to flourish and blossom, bringing comfort, delight and nourishment to all who visit here.

Andy Irvine

Andy Irvine

The Scottish rugby community knows the devastating effect that spinal cord injury can have on people and their families.
Having a beautiful garden to go to during the long months in hospital would make a massive difference especially to injured sports people who, before their accidents were used to being outside.

Frank Gardner

Frank Gardner

It was honour to witness the opening of this excellent project. As a one-time spinal injuries patient myself, I know I craved just such a space to recover in. It has peace, tranquillity, life and beauty. Who could ask for more?

Cleve West

Cleve West

Helping to realise Horatio's Garden has been incredibly satisfying on many levels, not least in seeing it play such an important part in the healing of patients' minds, bodies and spirits. Affected families also benefit from this sanctuary as do the dedicated staff who work tirelessly to mend broken lives. It really makes you wonder why all hospitals can't enjoy such spaces.

Sir John MacMillan

Sir John MacMillan

I was delighted to be asked to join the team. I have known Horatio’s grandfather for more years than I care to remember.
I have grown things since I was a boy, (sometimes under duress), and the Southern General saved my son’s life.

Gregor Fisher

Gregor Fisher

I am so delighted to support this wonderful venture and having a member of our family who has been treated for spinal injuries, has given both my wife and myself a small insight into the life changing effects that such injuries cause.
So to provide a place of sanctuary and rehabilitation is a great thing and I do hope Horatio's Gardens flourish throughout the length and breadth of the land.

Mark Coreth

Mark Coreth

I was delighted to be asked to support Horatio’s Garden with some of my sculpture, but that delight took a new energy when I went to meet Olivia at the site. Only then did I realise the extreme value of the space and setting for the patients. There is a tranquility and a peaceful purpose to the garden that made me feel very humble. The way the garden is laid out, the thought that has gone into its design are plainly acknowledged by people who NEED the space, I know that as I have had a number of calls and messages from those that have seen the sculpture. Long may this energy remain for others through the memory of Horatio.

Maggie Bracher MSc Erg, Dip COT, MBAOT

Maggie Bracher MSc Erg, Dip COT, MBAOT

Occupational Therapists have, for many years, recognised and promoted the psychological and physical benefits of being outdoors and working with plants.
Horatio’s Gardens are beautiful and tranquil spaces and wonderful examples of the therapeutic benefits that can be gained from spending time in a natural environment.

Maggie Bracher MSc Erg, Dip COT, MBAOT
Occupational Therapy Lecturer/Back Care Adviser
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Southampton

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo

May dear Horatio's Garden thrive.

Magnus Linklater CBE

Magnus Linklater CBE

A garden is a fitting memorial to Horatio, who made such an indelible impression on his many friends. A garden will always continue to grow, and so, I am sure, will memories of Horatio, and what he achieved.

Eva Loeffler

Eva Loeffler

My father Ludwig Guttmann used sport as a way of rehabilitating people with spinal cord injuries and helping them return to a normal life in society.
Horatio's Garden is a project in the same way showing people confined to wheelchairs that so much is possible .
It is also an inspiring place of beauty and activity and is a wonderful memorial to a fine young man.

Sarah Raven

Sarah Raven

I know that if I lost the ability to walk, one of the main things I'd want to do would be spend more time gardening. It's an occupation which is quickly and intensely rewarding, tapping into so many different sides of human nature - the intellectual, the creative, the nurturing, the practical, the organising, the planning ... that's why Horatio's Garden - and many more like it - is such an important development idea for those with spinal injury.

James Alexander Sinclair

James Alexander Sinclair

Horatio's Garden has a dual purpose. Firstly to commemorate and remember the life of a young man, and secondly to bring the power of gardens to those suffering from spinal injuries. Imagine for a moment how your lives would be lessened by being unable to dig a hole or even bend down to pull an offending thistle. Gardening is such a powerful force and Horatio's Garden will mean that those in the unit can still see the bees fly, smell the warm jasmine and listen to the birds sing.

Tom Stuart-Smith

Tom Stuart-Smith

Horatio's Garden is a brilliant idea and I can't think of anyone better than Cleve West to transform this underused and windy corner into a nurturing, welcoming and beautiful garden that will raise the spirits and give hope. There is such an impressive team, with such passion and focussed commitment behind the project, that I can see it being a trailblazer for other therapeutic gardens far and wide.

Charles Hazlewood

Charles Hazlewood

What an incredible thing you have achieved, a beautiful oasis of beauty and tranquillity, the least likely thing in a hospital context!

Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono

How fitting that this much-loved young man's life be celebrated in the form of Horatio's Garden. Gardens are perhaps uniquely able to help us through physical as well as emotional hard times, not just through actively gardening but by simply being in them. Remembering Horatio's life in this garden ensures that many more - patients and their friends and family alike - will continue to be inspired and uplifted in his name.



Jekka McVicar

Jekka McVicar

A garden in memory of Horatio is a wonderful tribute to a young man who was so full of life. For a garden never dies; it evolves as it reflects the passing of the seasons. It is an inspirational space for all the senses and in time will give peace and encouragement to all.

Toby Buckland

Toby Buckland

It's wonderful that Horatio’s Garden, such a positive force for good, can be borne from such terrible events. Although fortunate to have never faced such physical trauma myself, I know that in times of personal difficulty, gardening – in fact just being outdoors in a uplifting space – has always helped me through.



James Barnes

James Barnes

What a wonderful opportunity to help with something that I truly believe in. The power of green spaces to heal and to bring respite.

Antony Woodward

Antony Woodward

My mother, a horse-riding botanist, broke her back when I was five. The effect was as if a cage had descended over our family.
My mother made just one request - that she could see, and get to, the garden. Easy access to fresh air, sunshine, the whispering of wind in leaves, the feel of earth through the fingers, the scent of flowers and flutter of flitting birds, together offered a healing balm the power of which is probably unimaginable to those who’ve never been deprived of them.

Alan Power Head Gardener, Stourhead

Alan Power Head Gardener, Stourhead

I am delighted to be involved with and supporting Horatio’s Garden for both personal and professional reasons. It is a project that will help so many and also honour an amazing young man.

Matthew Sanford

Matthew Sanford

I believe the work you are all doing is fantastic. Helping people through providing access to earth and beauty is well worth the effort.