Horatio's Garden

A stunning Horatio’s Garden was officially opened by Sir Algernon Heber-Percy on Sunday 22 September, 2019, in the Midland Centre for Spinal Injury (MCSI) at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH). 

The garden in Oswestry, which offers a sanctuary for patients with spinal cord injury, is the fourth of its kind to open in the UK.

 

About Horatio's Garden

Horatio’s Garden is a national charity that creates and cares for stunning gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.

Garden Therapy Area
Social Spaces and Garden Room
Bunny Guinness and Dr Olivia Chapple
A patient enjoying Horatio's Garden in Oswestry. 

The garden was created by Bunny Guinness – one of the country’s leading garden designers, who is a familiar voice to fans of Gardeners’ Question Time on BBC Radio, where she is a regular panellist.

The garden is the fourth of its kind to open in the UK.

It features a garden room, which is a spectacular element of the garden too. It was designed by Andrew Wells of 3W Architecture and features a stunning ceiling painted by artist Martin Rodgers.

The garden room and adjacent courtyard form the social hub of the garden, offering patients and visitors the opportunity to gather together in a warm, welcoming environment. 

The garden also features many secluded areas, where patients can quietly reflect amongst the planting. 

Now that the garden is newly open, Horatio's Garden ask for your continued support. Not only will this help with tending to the garden, it also means we can offer patients the opportunity to be involved in all kinds of events and activities. No donation is too great or too small – anything you can give makes an enormous difference to everyone spending many months in hospital. 

Mr Joy Chowdhury, Clinical Lead for Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI), said: “The garden is already making a huge difference to our patients

"It's not only helping them in their physical wellbeing, but more so with their psychological wellbeing.  We are so grateful to Horatio’s Garden for agreeing to create this space, and to our League of Friends for their magnificent support.”

Prior to the garden's completion, Janet Johnson, a patient on the unit in Oswestry who was paralysed in an accident at home, said: “I have been in my hospital bed for several weeks, just looking at the ceiling.

"The opportunity to go into a sensory garden would be truly amazing. After feeling so trapped in your room, to go outside and feel fresh air, touch the plants, hear the birds; it would be a dream.”

It is thanks to the support of many wonderfully generous individuals, donors, businesses and organisations that we have been able to take another step forward on our journey to support everyone affected by spinal injury throughout the UK.  

More details about the Horatio's Garden in Oswestry can be found on the charity's website at: http://www.horatiosgarden.org.uk/horatios-garden/oswestry/

 

Support from the League of Friends

The garden was part-funded by the hospital’s own League of Friends.

The Lady Trevor, Vice Chairman of the League of Friends, said: “This is an exciting project and it is one of the largest that we have been involved in. We were delighted to make a significant contribution towards the scheme.”