Horatio’s Garden London will be at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore home of the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre. The garden is being designed by celebrated garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith.
Tom is a landscape designer with an international reputation for making gardens that combine naturalism and modernity. Tom’s work ranges from large gardens and parks open to the public, to smaller private gardens. He has also designed a number of gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show. Eight of these have been awarded gold medals, and three have won ‘Best in Show’.
The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre is one of only 11 in the UK designated to receive and treat spinal cord injured patients. The Centre currently has 40 beds for adults, children and young people. These beds include beds for acute care, first episode of rehabilitation and readmission.
Tom Stuart-Smith and architect, Stephen Marshall, are collaborating on the designs which include a woodland glade, a garden room, garden therapy area and innovative glass rooms known as ‘pods’. The garden will be a fully accessible, beautiful space enabling patients to have time surrounded by natural elements. The designs are being developed in close collaboration with the spinal unit team as well as current and former patients.
Tom Stuart-Smith explained: “The proposed garden is actually two gardens joined by a corridor. One side is more busy with a greenhouse, a barbecue and lots of places to sit. All bright and cheerful. The other space is a quieter, greener and more contemplative space and there will be a series of enclosed pods built around the edge of the garden so that patients can be inside but surrounded by the garden.”
Appeal Patrons Lady Daunt and BBC correspondent Frank Gardner, who are both former patients of the LSCIC, are supporting the fundraising for the project. The designs will be launched in early 2018.
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