Who We Are

Royal Patron

HRH Princess Eugenie of York

We were delighted to announce on May Day 2019 that Princess Eugenie had become our Royal Patron. Her Royal Highness will be supporting the charity’s vision of bringing thriving gardens to all the UK’s regional spinal injuries centres. We look forward to welcoming Her Royal Highness to our gardens and events.

“I am so happy to become patron of Horatio’s Garden. Since learning about this charity back in 2016, I have fallen in love with their mission to bring joy to people and help their recovery. In 2017 I was able to visit Horatio’s Garden Scotland, and in March this year I saw the site that has been identified at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore where I underwent spinal surgery. As a former spinal patient myself, I understand how the chance to get outside is so beneficial not only for recovery, but for staying positive at a life-changing, and often traumatic, time. I hope to learn from the patients I meet and the wonderful people working to create these gardens”


The Countess of Radnor

The Countess of Radnor is our patron. The Countess is involved in all aspects of Horatio’s Garden and is also a volunteer, supporting patients who use the garden.

“I only wish I had known Horatio Chapple better as what essentially has been developed on the back of his initial research and furthermore in his memory is such an outstanding legacy. Horatio’s Garden charity continues to grow and to offer support in many areas to patients with spinal cord injuries. It is such a huge privilege to be patron of such an inspiring charity. Long may the gardens grow and all that they have to offer.”

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation run by a board of trustees who give their time voluntarily. Their varying talents and experience help us to meet our charitable goals and objectives, whilst keeping the costs of running the charity to a minimum. 86p in the pound goes directly to our charitable objectives.

The executive team is Dr Olivia Chapple and Victoria Holton, who work as full-time volunteers. Each garden has a part-time Head Gardener and a part-time Garden Administrator.

Office staff



We’re lucky to be supported by a wonderful, vibrant team of volunteers who all bring something different to the charity.

Our volunteers support patients to use Horatio’s Garden, care for the planting, help to run activities and fundraising events, bake endless amounts of homemade cake and offer warmth and kindness to everyone visiting our gardens.

The dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers was acknowledged in 2019, when the Salisbury team became the proud recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is equivalent to receiving a group MBE and their achievement reflects the spirit of all Horatio’s Garden volunteers.

By volunteering with us, you’ll be part of a brilliant team in a varied, rewarding role. We always welcome new volunteers and also offer mentored volunteering for young people aged 16 and over. Whether you’re looking to volunteer on a regular, permanent basis, or would like to be involved as a ‘Volunteen’ for your Duke of Edinburgh Award, we’d love to hear from you.

If you would like to contact us for further information, please click the link in the green banner below.

"Since volunteering with Horatio's Garden I have not looked back. I was so nervous on my first day, but everyone was so welcoming. I love what the charity stands for, I love that it makes a direct impact on the lives of patients with spinal injuries. It gives me a purpose and a feeling of belonging. The garden lifts my spirits and I know the patients feel the same.”
Cecil, volunteer in Horatio's Garden South West, Salisbury

"Many of the patients are fairly young and appreciated being visited by someone of similar age. I was able to get to know the patients well, try to understand their situation and assist them going down to Horatio's Garden to be part of of all the activities that happen there. Any volunteer will gain a huge amount from working at Horatio's Garden and for me it helped greatly with my application to medical school."
Sebastian, former Volunteen

"Volunteering in Horatio's Garden is worth its weight in gold, especially when you hear a patient saying they love the garden. Every volunteer is extremely proud of what we achieve. We undertake every task with a happy heart, knowing that we are brightening someone else's life."
Lillian, volunteer in Horatio's Garden Scotland, Glasgow

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