Since its inception we’ve been involved with the building and maintenance of Horatio's Garden at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury.
There’s no doubt that it is a stunning garden that has been built for the benefit of the patients, staff and visitors to the hospital and is a credit to the huge efforts of the dedicated fundraisers.
The nature of spinal injuries is that they are usually sudden, often catastrophic and certainly life changing and on top of that, the rehabilitation can be lengthy and difficult as the patients come to terms with a new way of life. The garden has then been designed to enable the patients stay in touch with the elements of sun, wind and rain as well as enjoying the sights, sounds and scents of a garden during their time at the hospital.
The garden has been constructed in memory of Horatio Chapple, a young man who was planning to study medicine and had already done some voluntary work at the Spinal Injuries Treatment Centre (where his father worked) before being tragically killed in an accident whilst on a British Schools Exploring Society trip in Norway.
Horatio's Garden was designed by Cleve West who has brought all his talent to bear and designed a fluid garden that meets the needs of the patients and is a hugely positive place for patients, staff and visitors to spend time.
Until next time...