We are so grateful to Sitting Spiritually, who have generously donated one of their stunning, handcrafted Tranquillity Oak garden benches to our horticultural haven in Scotland.  

The bench is already beloved by everyone spending time in the garden, including volunteer Karen, who Head Gardener Sallie snapped sitting upon it as she took a well-deserved break after a busy morning in the garden.


Nestled near the sanctuary’s brand new garden room, which is due to open later this year, the bench is the perfect complement to the surrounding planting. The development has been a major mini-project, one which the garden’s original designer, James Alexander-Sinclair, has been closely involved with too. 

The two-seater bench is on long-term loan to the sanctuary and Horatio’s Garden has been exquisitely inscribed into the oak to give the gorgeous bench a personal touch. 

Placed in the freshly planted area of the garden, which was designed by James and is an extension of the Woodland Garden he first created when Horatio’s Garden Scotland opened in 2016, the bench already looks at home in its new location. 

Reflecting the vibrant and thriving pre-existing planting, the new flowerbeds are rich with elegant silver birch and plenty of bright and beautiful blooms. 


The seasoned-oak Tranquillity garden bench has begun its life radiating a warm golden colour that, over time, will weather into soft silver to blend perfectly into its natural surroundings. Patients and their loved ones will be able to sit here in peace, absorbing all the magic that nature has to offer. 

When asked about why Sitting Spiritually kindly decided to give us this wonderful gift, founder Martin Young shared, “Horatio’s Garden is a marvellous charity and it’s our great pleasure to be able to contribute to their inspirational efforts. We hope this unique bench provides a source of peace and solace to the patients at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow.” 

It’s truly a pleasure to see everyone enjoying the Tranquillity bench already and we’re sure Sitting Spiritually will be part of many more people’s stories in the months and years to come.