Our international reputation is growing and this week it’s thanks to photographer Nick Charlesworth, who’s written a lovely piece about his previous visit to Horatio’s Garden South West for the Fundación Inspira blog.
Fundación Inspira is a project in Chile that recovers places within hospitals and together with the local community transforms them into healing gardens for patients, their families and staff to enjoy.
Nick is the project’s photographer and has been living in Chile since 2001. Back in 2018, he was on a trip to the UK to see his parents, who happened to be supporters of the charity and live just 30 minutes away from Horatio’s Garden South West.
Naturally, the opportunity was simply too good to miss! Nick got in touch with us to organise a day where he would be able to explore the garden and learn more about the charity, whilst also sharing more about the work of Fundación Inspira and exchanging ideas with us.
Since his visit, he and the team have been busy and are currently working harder than ever in Chile to help people in hospital, but also to convince decision makers that healing gardens are central to people’s wellbeing, recovery and rehabilitation.
It was this that inspired Nick to pen a piece for the blog, in the hope that it will encourage everyone to understand the importance of their work and to illustrate that creating gardens for health is a worldwide, worthwhile movement.
Moreover, Nick and a handful of others were hoping to travel to the UK this year to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and were planning to return to Horatio’s Garden to say ‘hello’ too. Whilst unfortunately that’s unlikely to happen this year, we are all hopeful that we’ll be able to reunite very soon.
In the meantime, we’re enjoying remembering Nick’s visit just as much as he and the Fundación Inspira team are!