Horatio’s Garden London will be at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore home of the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre. The garden is being designed by celebrated garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith.

The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre is one of only eleven in the UK designated to receive and treat spinal cord injury patients. The Centre currently has forty beds for adults, children and young people. These include beds for acute care, first episode of rehabilitation and readmission.

The garden design will include garden rooms, designed by Stephen Marshall, which will be places for patients to use the space whatever the weather. The garden will be a fully accessible, beautiful space enabling patients to spend time surrounded by natural elements. The designs are being developed in close collaboration with the spinal unit team, as well as current and former patients.

Our Capital Appeal patrons are Joanna Lumley, Frankie Dettori, Mel Giedroyc, Charlotte Heber-Percy, along with Lady Daunt and BBC correspondent Frank Gardner, who are both former patients of the LSCIC. Each patron is supporting the fundraising for the project, and the designs were launched in early 2018.

Since then we’ve been busy fundraising for our fifth project, reaching our target for the build in late 2019. This has meant that our plan to begin work in January 2020 was right on track, with ambassador Anneka Rice joining us for the official breaking ground ceremony that took place in the new year.

As the months have progressed, the team from ARJ Construction have worked incredibly hard against all odds to ensure that the garden will be open for patients, their loved ones and NHS staff to enjoy from autumn 2020. They’re rapidly progressing with the build and we are all very much looking forward to seeing the finished Horatio’s Garden London later this year.

“It’s a really difficult thing to go through, a spinal cord injury, not just because of all the physical side of things, but the mental stuff is actually harder. Having a Horatio’s Garden here would make everything a little bit easier” – Ruth, a patient at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre. 

As each Horatio’s Garden requires constant funding, please consider donating via our website to support our London garden’s ongoing running costs. Alternatively you can also donate by post to the registered office 2 Throope Down Office, Blandford Road, Coombe Bissett, Salisbury, SP5 4LN, or phone 01722 326 834 to donate by credit card.

If you feel you could help with fundraising, or would like to volunteer, please contact us by emailing or ring 01722 326 834.

Thank you to all those who have supported our fifth Horatio’s Garden so far.

Tom Stuart-Smith

Tom is a landscape designer with an international reputation for making gardens that combine naturalism and modernity. Tom’s work ranges from large gardens and parks open to the public, to smaller private gardens. He has also designed a number of gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show. Eight of these have been awarded gold medals, and three have won ‘Best in Show’.

“We all know that gardening has this enormous impact on the quality of people’s lives. Here is something that offers hope, change and growth.”

The Design

Tom’s designs will carefully reflect the needs of patients and their families. The garden will be on one level, with smooth paths throughout ensuring that it is easily accessible to patients in beds and wheelchairs. The essential design features will include a social space, private areas for patients to seek solitude or share with a family member or friend, the calming sound of flowing water, a garden room, a garden therapy area and a greenhouse. Throughout the garden the planting will be designed to supply colour all year round, whilst wildlife will be encouraged with bird and butterfly boxes.

“It’s great for patients to be outside in the fresh air seeing plants. Great for them to have some private areas that they can spend time in by themselves or with their families” – Dr Angela Gall, Rehabilitation Consultant. 


Building work for Horatio's Garden London is nearing completion. If you would like to know more please ring the office on 01722 326834 or email

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