Winner: The Chemotherapy Garden at St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight won the BBH Award for Best External or Landscaping Project, 2012.

C.A.R. Gardens and St Mary’s Hospital winning an award from Building Better Healthcare 2012, in London on 7th November for their Chemotherapy Garden. From left to right: Craig Ratcliff (owner of C.A.R. Gardens), Diane Adams (St Mary’s Hospital I.O.W.), Dr Phil Hammond (BBH host), Sarah Waller (Head Judge), Guy Eades (Director Healing Arts, St Mary’s Hospital I.O.W), Warren Oldershaw (designer at C.A.R. Gardens), Anne Snow (St Mary’s Hospital I.O.W.), Roy Lilley (Chairman of BBH Judges) photo copyright remains the property of HPCI Media

 We are very excited to announce…

On November 7th 2012 the Chemotherapy Garden at St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight won the Best External or Landscaping Project title at the Building Better Healthcare awards 2012. The ceremony was held at ‘The Brewery’ in central London and was a celebration and recognition of products and premises that improve our health and well being in both the NHS and private health care sectors.

C.A.R. Gardens designed, landscaped and now maintain the garden, for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust working with our customers Maria Murphy head sister at the Chemotherapy Unit and Guy Eades director of ‘The Healing Arts’. We were also proud to be involved with local artists Martin Evans and Paul Sivell for their sculptures and furniture.

Receiving this award is very exciting for us as individuals and as a team at C.A.R. Gardens. To gain this national recognition will drive us forward to continue in our business aspirations of offering and providing the very best garden design, landscaping and garden maintenance on the Isle of Wight. Winning this award is proof that designing and creating a garden with sustainability in mind is viable, and gardening organically not only works but works very well.

This is what the BBH judges 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 is was funded by public donations.
”Patients and staff drove the design, which has involved local artists and gardeners. The resulting garden provides a secluded and secure outside space with pathways for wheelchairs and a choice of semi-private seating spaces.
“It should be an inspiration and challenge to others to better utilise even the most uninspiring areas on hospital sites.”

The Chemotherapy Garden 2012.  An oasis in an industrial environment. The garden was designed with sustainability in mind, using local and recycled materials, and where necessary other materials that will stand the test of time. The garden is maintained organically, and is a haven for wildlife.

If you don’t know the garden, best of all you can visit it in person at St Mary’s in Newport. Or have a look on line at our portfolio on Flickr :
 To see a film of the garden look here:

Heres a description:

The garden has been designed with the purpose of providing patients receiving treatment at the clinic, their friends and relatives and the healthcare staff, somewhere where they can de-stress, reflect and relax.
The garden occupies a site adjacent to the new chemotherapy suite and was previously a derelict parking lot sandwiched between some low-quality buildings and the main hospital departments.
Transformed by local garden designers and landscapers, Craig Ratcliff (owner of the company C.A.R. Gardens) and Warren Oldershaw (designer at C.A.R. Gardens) and the rest of the talented team, it is now an oasis of multi-coloured flowers, shrubs, scents and green space, providing horticultural interest in each season.
The south-facing plot enjoys good sunlight and is equipped with an all-weather resin path giving full disability access. There are also two circular brick surfaces and one circular deck areas for wheelchairs, carved wooden seating, and a table by wood sculptor, Paul Sivell. In addition, the garden boasts handmade glass features by local sculptor, Martin Evans.
The project was funded by public donations and was inspired by the wishes of a St Mary’s ward sister who died from cancer and the experiences and wishes of current patients and the senior chemotherapy nurse.
Within the space there are three separate seating areas, allowing for private conversations. It will be maintained in the future by C.A.R. Gardens and volunteers from the local community.

BBH 2012 Award for Best External or Landscaping Project, winner: Chemotherapy garden. More details:

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