Horatio’s Garden Wales is officially open!
We are absolutely delighted to share that our sixth stunning sanctuary is now warmly welcoming patients, their loved ones and NHS staff spending time in The Welsh Spinal Cord Injury and Neuro Rehabilitation Centre at University Hospital Llandough in Cardiff.
With the long-awaited day finally upon us, it was a real joy to see people venturing out into the garden for the very first time. Having watched the horticultural haven draw ever closer to completion throughout the past few months, patients and NHS staff were equally enthusiastic in their embrace of the finished garden.
“When they said there was going to be a garden, I thought it was going to be a little garden with a few plants and trees,” said current patient Carl.
“But then I came out and, wow! I’m loving this garden so much.”
Fellow patient Matt shared a similar feeling, adding “It’s mind blowing. A haven in a place that’s quite crazy.”
Designed by two-time RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Sarah Price, our new garden has been carefully designed to support people from right across Wales as they physically and mentally adjust to, or care for someone with, a life-changing injury.
As well as being fully accessible, Sarah has thoughtfully incorporated various elements of the winsome Welsh landscape into her design too, ensuring that the garden feels like a home away from home for everyone throughout their long stays in hospital.
Naturally, Sarah was thrilled to see the garden being so enjoyed, a sentiment echoed by our Founder & Chair of Trustees, Dr Olivia Chapple, Head Gardener Owen Griffiths, former patient and fundraising extraordinaire Amanda Harris, as well as Ward Receptionist Caroline Ryan.
Of the momentous and moving occasion Olivia said, “I am incredibly proud of everyone involved with this project. So many people have worked with selfless commitment to ensure Horatio’s Garden Wales flourishes and to ensure that the garden is there to support those who are facing life-changing injuries. Together we have thrived.”
As people continued to meander their way outside, Caroline too shared “Horatio’s Garden will make a huge difference to the patients. It’s a lovely environment for them to enjoy fresh air and flowers and to be able to sit with their family in beautiful surroundings.”
Having been built in collaboration with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, with the cost of the ground and enabling works generously covered by Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, it’s been fantastic for everyone to see the project come to fruition.
From the very beginning, Professor Charles Janczewski, Chair of Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, was confident that Horatio’s Garden Wales would have a profoundly positive impact and like Caroline, the opening of the garden has reinforced his high hopes.
He said, “I firmly believe that the new Horatio’s Garden will bring immense benefit to our patients both physically and psychologically. I am also convinced that our staff, who do such wonderful work to care for their patients, will gain considerably from the environment that the garden will provide.”
We are enormously grateful to everyone who has helped bring Horatio’s Garden Wales to life, including (but by no means limited to) Sarah Price Landscapes, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, The National Garden Scheme, 6a architects, Knox & Wells, Mark Whyman Landscapes, Griffin Glasshouses, Malvern Garden Buildings, New Wood Trees, Head Gardener Owen Griffiths, all our brilliant volunteers, as well as every single person and organisation who has generously supported the project.
We hope you’re as excited as we are to watch the next chapter of Horatio’s Garden Wales unfold!