Oswestry

We’ve worked with award-winning garden designer Bunny Guinness to transform the garden around the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries into a beautiful sanctuary for patients and their loved ones. 

The garden is the fourth of its kind to open in the UK and it has been wonderful to see Bunny Guinness’ thoughtful designs being brought to life by an incredible team. The project was once again expertly managed by Owen Hemmings of the Robert Lombardelli partnership, whilst Read Construction and Butler Landscapes worked together to ensure the garden became the gentle, welcoming space that Bunny first imagined. 

The garden room is a spectacular element of the garden too. It was designed by Andrew Wells of 3W Architecture and features a stunning ceiling painted by artist Martin Rodgers. The garden room and adjacent courtyard form the social hub of the garden, offering patients and visitors the opportunity to gather together in a warm, welcoming environment. The garden also features many secluded areas, where patients can quietly reflect amongst the planting. 

It is thanks to the support of many wonderfully generous individuals, donors, businesses and organisations that we have been able to take another step forward on our journey to support everyone affected by spinal injury throughout the UK.  

Now that the garden is open, we ask for your continued support. Not only will this help us to tend the garden, it also means we can offer patients the opportunity to be involved in all kinds of events and activities. No donation is too great or too small – anything you can give makes an enormous difference to everyone spending many months in hospital. 

“To see our patients enjoy this Garden is the most rewarding sight. It really is heaven.” 

If you feel inspired to SUPPORT the garden, either by volunteering, becoming a friend, donating, or fundraising we would love for you to be a part of the story of Horatio’s Garden Oswestry. Simply CLICK HERE for more information. 

BUNNY GUINNESS

Bunny Guinness is well known as a Gardeners’ Question Time panellist on Radio 4 and writer for the Telegraph. Her sensitive designs include a spectacular garden room so patients can enjoy the garden whatever the weather and a fabulous greenhouse within a horticultural therapy area. A social area will provide space for patients to gather and enjoy live music and events hosted by the charity, whilst private areas will offer patients the space to escape and contemplate.

“Hearing from people who have benefited from the other Horatio’s Gardens has inspired me. The gardens provide all the benefits of a beautiful outside space to people who really appreciate them. For the patients, it may well be their first venture into the outside world again, for their friends, families and staff the gardens provide a softer more personable space away from the ward. I am privileged to be involved in this exciting project at Oswestry.”

The Design

Bunny Guinness’ designs carefully reflect the needs of patients and their families. The main garden will wrap the spinal unit on two sides, with the planting in the existing courtyard areas being enhanced so that all patients’ bedroom windows will have a view of nature. The garden will be all on one level, with smooth paths throughout ensuring that it is easily accessible to patients in beds and wheelchairs. The essential design features will be a social space, private areas for patients to seek solitude or share with a family or friend, flowing water in a rill, a garden room, a garden therapy area, greenhouse, wheelchair skills area and children’s play area.

“This is going to help our patients a lot. It will not only help them in their physical wellbeing but more so in their psychological well being. Once their mind is in a better place, I would expect them to be participating lot better in rehab and it might actually reduce their hospital stay” – Joy Roy Chowdhury, Consultant Surgeon.

Read more about the design HERE

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IMOGEN JACKSON

Imogen will be responsible for nurturing our brand new garden, with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers. 

Having previously worked as a Horticultural Instructor at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, Imogen is looking forward to running the charity’s gentle garden therapy sessions, which offer a great deal of physical and mental support to patients and families. As she is currently studying for her Masters in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture, she is naturally enthusiastic about all that gardens and gardening have to offer and has an insightful understanding of their therapeutic value.

Imogen relocated from the South especially to take up the position, moving her narrowboat all the way to it’s new home near Oswestry in order to be close to the garden. Local newspaper The Shropshire Star have welcomed Imogen to the local community, and since becoming involved with the charity she’s joined in with numerous Fabulous Summer Tea Parties, has been interviewed in the garden on numerous occasions by BBC Radio Shropshire and has organised a whole host of wonderful activities for patients and their loved ones to enjoy together.

Imogen is looking forward to seeing many local supporters at the charity’s events in the future and her enthusiasm and commitment to Horatio’s Garden will undoubtedly continue to inspire many for years to come.

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Horatio's Garden Oswestry
The Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital
Gobowen
Oswestry
SY10 7AG

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