The proposed garden will include secluded areas for patients to be on their own or with visitors, a rill and water feature. The highly perennial, sensory planting will create fabulous swathes of colour all year round whilst evergreens will give winter structure. The planting will be bird and butterfly friendly.
A garden room, designed by architect Andrew Wells, will provide a place for patients to enjoy the garden even when the weather is poor. It will be a light airy sanctuary where patients can make a cup of tea, share lunch with visitors and participate in the volunteer led activities which the charity runs.
Outside the garden room a communal space will be used for gatherings of patients – for lunches outside and live music.
An accessible greenhouse will be specially equipped for patient to help with the gardening and will be used to propagate plants for the garden. Patients can get involved with working with the head gardener and volunteers or just come and chat and watch. Regular garden therapy groups will use the greenhouse and the raised beds for therapeutic activities. Herbs, salad leaves and fruit will be grown for patients to pick and eat. Apples will be some of the many trees which will be planted.
Download the design and access statement here