The Chemotherapy Garden. 2008-2016

A multi award winning garden. We were commissioned by the N.H.S. to design and construct this garden. Since the projects completion in 2009 we have maintained the garden on a regular basis, following organic gardening principles. It is a secluded and secure outside space with wheelchair access, offering a choice of areas to sit, chat and rest. The garden is open to the public, and can be viewed and enjoyed by all visitors, patients and staff. It is a place of healing, a place to meet and a place to be.

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Features:

  • Garden concept, design and planting plan.
  • Three circular seating areas, allowing for private conversations. Two made of reclaimed Victorian bricks, the other a composite deck made of recycled materials.
  • ‘Eco-sleeper’ vertical timbers.
  • Resin bound shingle path, offering good all abilities and wheel chair access.
  • Planting for seasonal interest. Lots of colour and scent; and attractive to wildlife.
  • Glass sculptures by Martin Evans on tall timber plinths.
  • Bespoke seating and table by chainsaw artist Paul Sivell.
  • A wide span bespoke Oak and local Cedar pergola entrance supporting Wisterias.
  • A lawn for resting, with recycled plastic edging.
  • Wildlife habitats made by Haylands Farm
  • Compost bins.
  • Many materials used in the construction were recycled, local and sustainable.
  • On going regular organic garden maintenance.

This garden won a local award ‘Best Medical/Care Home Category’ awarded by ‘Wight in Bloom 2015’. Presented by their patron Mr Alan Titchmarsh, and was hosted by Ventnor Botanical Gardens.

This garden won a national award in November 2012: ‘Best External or Landscaping Project’ awarded by ‘Building Better Healthcare’.

 The Building Better Healthcare judges 2012 said: “We were impressed at how a derelict parking lot has been transformed into a tranquil space for patients receiving care in the Chemotherapy unit and that it was funded by public donations. It should be an inspiration and challenge to others to better utilise even the most uninspiring areas of hospital sites.”

Winning these awards is proof that designing and creating a garden with sustainability in mind is viable; and that gardening organically not only works but works very well.

To see more about this garden please look here.

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