The first Horatio’s Garden opened in 2012 at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment at Salisbury Hospital. Designed by award-winner, Cleve West, Horatio’s Garden has transformed the patients’ hospital stays.
Patients can take part in activities in the garden organised by the charity, including garden therapy, art therapy, food events and music concerts. Regular sculpture exhibitions create a focus of interest and change. Just having a quiet moment, or a cup of tea and a slice of home made cake in the garden, with family or friends, can be such a tonic.
The second Horatio’s Garden, designed by James Alexander-Sinclair, will open in 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow which cares for patients from across Scotland.
Joe Swift is designing the third Horatio’s Garden at The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and fundraising has just started. The spinal centre cares for 150 newly injured patients each year including teenagers and children.
The charity is currently working with The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore, The Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre at Sheffield and The Golden Jubilee Spinal Injuries Centre at Middlesbrough and aims to bring Horatio’s Gardens to all the UK’s 11 regional specialist spinal centres.