Over the past few months, many of us have come to realise the importance of outdoor spaces in supporting our mental health, which makes the arrival of Horatio’s Garden London at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore feel more momentous than ever.
The garden, designed by eight-time Chelsea gold medal winner, Tom Stuart-Smith, has been built just beyond the ward doors of the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre for patients and their loved ones to enjoy as they adjust to living with life-changing injuries.
Horatio’s Garden London is over two years in the making and the team from ARJ Construction have worked tirelessly all summer to ensure that it is ready to welcome patients and their loved ones in September. Having given up various weekends to remain on schedule throughout the Covid-19 crisis, the garden is now ready for planting; a mammoth project being taken on by a team of volunteers, with the guidance of designer Tom Stuart-Smith and new Head Gardener, Ashley Edwards.
Ashley shared, “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”.