Horatio

Horatio’s Garden is named after Horatio Chapple, a schoolboy who wanted to be a doctor.

In 2010, Horatio volunteered at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury during his school holidays. Talking with patients he noticed there was a lack of outdoor space for patients with spinal injuries and their loved ones.

Patients in the spinal centre were unanimously enthusiastic about Horatio’s idea to create a garden. His parents, Dr Olivia Chapple and David Chapple FRCS, a spinal surgeon at Salisbury District Hospital, agreed that it was a brilliant concept and encouraged further research. Horatio devised a questionnaire to ask patients and staff what should be included in the space and how the garden would look.

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Tragically, Horatio’s life was cut short in 2011 at just 17, when his camp was attacked by a polar bear whilst on an expedition to Svalbard. There followed an outpouring of love and goodwill, with donations flooding in for his garden to be created.

The first garden was designed by seven-time RHS Chelsea gold medal winner, Cleve West, who used Horatio’s original research as a starting point, opening in September 2012.

Following its enormous success, a nationwide charity was formed with the mission to create gardens in the ten outstanding UK spinal injury centres, each designed by a different leading landscape designer.

Horatio’s legacy has continued to grow and is now nurturing the wellbeing of thousands of patients, families and NHS staff throughout the UK.

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Our Timeline

2023

  • Horatio’s Garden Northern Ireland, designed by Andy Sturgeon, opens at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast.

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2022

  • Rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards opens Horatio’s Garden Wales, at Llandough Hospital Cardiff designed by Sarah Price

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2021

  • Work is completed on a new garden room and extension of the woodland garden in Horatio’s Garden Scotland

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2020

  • Horatio’s Garden London & South East opens at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, located in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith

2019

  • Horatio’s Garden Midlands at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries opens, designed by Bunny Guinness

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2018

  • Designed by Joe Swift, Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville at the National Spinal Injuries Centre is opened by Mary Berry
History

2017

  • HRH Princess Eugenie of York visits Horatio’s Garden Scotland

2016

  • Horatio’s Garden Scotland, designed by James Alexander-Sinclair, opens at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow as the charity’s second garden

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2015

  • Cleve West wins three Society of Garden Designers Awards for Horatio’s Garden Salisbury

2014

  • BBC Gardeners’ World film at Horatio’s Garden South West

2013

  • Horatio’s Garden is established as a registered independent charity

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2012

  • The first Horatio’s Garden at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury opens

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2011

  • Horatio Chapple volunteers in the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury and devises an idea to create a garden for patients and their families

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