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GARDEN BLOOMS: Horatio’s Garden brings hope and prosperity to spinal injury patients in Stanmore

 Published on: 5th August 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Horatio’s Garden London is nearly complete and will support the recovery of patients at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

The new garden, located outside the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, was designed by eight-time Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith.

National charity Horatio’s Garden has created several gardens across the country which are designed to support people with life-changing spinal injuries.

There will be horticultural and creative therapy sessions in the garden to help patients with both mental and physical rehabilitation. 

The garden is being planted by a team of volunteers led by head gardener Ashley Edwards.

After graduating from Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in 2014, he has worked on gardening projects across the globe.

Most recently he worked on gardens at Strawberry Hill House, the previous residence of Gothic writer, Horace Walpole. 

Ashley said that he is ready for the role as welcoming visitors to the garden has become second nature.

He said: “To be part of a garden of such excellent horticultural design that will support people with their mental and physical wellbeing is very special.

“To be here from day one is such a fantastic opportunity for me too.”

The garden took two years to construct and the ARJ construction team did not let COVID-19 slow them down, as they continued to work throughout the crisis to ensure the garden was completed on time.

Horatio’s Garden charity is completely reliant on public support, so they are encouraging people to support the project and donate. 

To donate go to horatiosgarden.org.uk/donate. 

Alternatively you can get in touch via email at info@horatiosgarden.org.uk or call 01722 326834.

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