our milestones

We’ve grown in just eight short years from a local charity to a national organisation which is now planting hope for patients and their loved ones throughout the UK.

Our vision is to have a thriving Horatio’s Garden in each of the eleven NHS spinal centres in the UK, and thanks to your continued generosity we are gradually drawing ever-closer to achieving that goal.

Here you will find a brief history of where the charity came from and how it has flourished since 2011, when the Horatio’s Garden story began.


  • Horatio Chapple volunteers in the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury and comes up with the idea to create a garden for patients and their families 
  • Tragically, Horatio’s life is cut short when he goes on an expedition to Svalbard and his camp is attacked by a polar bear
  • An outpouring of goodwill raises over £20,000 in just two weeks to help create a garden at the spinal centre in Salisbury and Cleve West is appointed to design the garden. The final total raised was £350,000


  • The Countess of Radnor becomes Horatio’s Garden Salisbury’s patron 
  • Our very first Horatio’s Garden at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury opens in September
  • Emma Bridgewater designs the original Horatio’s Garden mug and our shop is launched with this very special product 


  • Horatio’s Garden becomes established as an official charity in April
  • Wycliffe Landscapes win two BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) awards for Horatio’s Garden Salisbury, with the judges commenting that they had “never been to a garden with such soul before” and described the garden as a “tranquil place that takes you away to a different level” 
  • Mel Giedroyc supports the charity for the first time by hosting a Volunteers vs. Patients Bake Off at the Horatio’s Garden Salisbury Summer Weekend 


  • The charity’s profile is raised with BBC Gardeners’ World filming in Horatio’s Garden Salisbury 
  • The fundraising campaign for a Garden Room at Horatio’s Garden Salisbury begins 
  • Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall opens the Food and Plant Fair, part of the Horatio’s Garden Salisbury Summer Weekend events 


  • Horatio’s Garden Salisbury is the venue for two weddings and a baptism this year, with patients and their families making the garden a special place of celebration 
  • Emma Bridgewater, designer of the beautifully crafted Horatio’s Garden mugs, visits our Salisbury garden 
  • Cleve West, designer of Horatio’s Garden Salisbury, wins three Society of Garden Designers Awards for his designs 
  • Our relationship with The Rank Foundation begins, who have continually supported the charity to this day
  • Gregor Fisher and Melanie Reid launch the fundraising campaign for our second project at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. It is revealed that James Alexander-Sinclair will be designing the garden
  • The Telegraph choose Horatio’s Garden as one of their Christmas Appeal beneficiaries, with readers donating a total of £254,464.88 to the charity



  • Horatio’s Garden Scotland, serving the entire country, opens at the Scottish National Spinal Injuries Unit in September
  • The fundraising appeal for Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville is launched, with Joe Swift being announced as the garden’s designer
  • Nelsons, the UK’s largest manufacturer of natural healthcare, sponsor our stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time and continue to do so for the next three years
  • The National Garden Scheme announce that Horatio’s Garden will become one of their Gardens & Health beneficiaries


  • In March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May awards Founder and Chair of Trustees, Dr Olivia Chapple, the Points of Light Award, which recognises outstanding volunteers 
  • HRH Princess Eugenie of York visits Horatio’s Garden Scotland 
  • Luke and Harry Birch complete the Wadi Rum Ultra Marathon, a 260km journey across five days in the Jordanian desert, raising over £20,000 for Horatio’s Garden 
  • The Horatio’s Garden Oswestry fundraising appeal is launched, and it is announced that Bunny Guinness will be the garden’s designer 
  • Our partnership with the Oxford University Internship Scheme begins, with students joining the charity each summer to conduct vital research into how valued our gardens are by patients, their loved ones, and NHS staff 


  • Horatio’s Garden awarded four stars by the Royal Horticultural Society for their stand at the Chelsea Flower Show 
  • The third Horatio’s Garden is opened by Mary Berry in Stoke Mandeville at the National Spinal Injuries Centre in September, which supports both adults and children throughout their rehabilitation 
  • The fundraising campaign for Horatio’s Garden London is launched with Tom Stuart-Smith selected as its designer, working with architect Stephen Marshall 


  • The National Garden Scheme donate to Horatio’s Garden London and announce their commitment to supporting 25% of the costs of each new Horatio’s Garden over the next ten years 
  • Our London Dinner, held at Wild by Tart, is attended by over 200 supporters and raises an incredible £296,000 in just one night 
  • Charity ambassador, Joanna Lumley, becomes the face of our first national fundraising event, The Fabulous Summer Tea Party 
  • Founder and Chair of Trustees, Dr Olivia Chapple, meets Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a reception marking the centenary of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations 
  • HRH Princess Eugenie of York becomes the charity’s Royal Patron 
  • Salisbury volunteers are awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent of a group MBE 
  • Over 70 people throughout the country hold a Fabulous Summer Tea Party, with the event raising over £30,000 
  • Horatio’s Garden Oswestry at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries holds its grand opening in September
  • Horatio’s Garden Salisbury is voted the Nation’s Favourite Garden in the South West region
  • Our appeal for Horatio’s Garden Cardiff, the charity’s sixth project, is launched in November with designer, Sarah Price, confirmed as the designer
  • We held our first charity carol concert at St Marylebone Parish Church, which was attended by 800 guests and raised £25,000 


  • Building work begins on Horatio’s Garden London at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, located in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.

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