Seven of the UK’s healing hospital gardens — in pictures

Article from The Guardian 12th September 2017:

Horatio’s Garden at Salisbury district hospital, Salisbury

Horatio’s Garden is a charity which creates gardens of sanctuary in centres for spinal injury. The gardens are named after Horatio Chapple who came up with the idea with his father while volunteering in Salisbury. Various events for patients with spinal injuries are held in the garden, such as painting classes with artist-in-residence Miranda Creswell.


The Chapel Garden, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

This chapel garden features a central wish tree and a number of water features, such as a vertical fountain and a rill, which give the impression of water moving continually throughout the garden. The calming flow of water and the illusion of space have transformed this small and previously unused area of the hospital.

The Morgan Stanley garden, Great Ormond Street hospital, London

This woodland-themed garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw, was transplanted from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (where it won a Gold medal) to a disused roof space, surrounded by tall hospital buildings that look onto it. The garden provides a quiet and peaceful space for children and families, the centrepiece of which is a sculpture of a child.

Ninewells community garden, Dundee

Patients, staff and the local community can volunteer at this garden. The vegetable and sensory gardens, orchard, wildlife habitat and play areas offer multiple options for people to de-stress, recuperate and exercise

Horatio’s Garden, Queen Elizabeth national spinal injuries unit, Glasgow

The second Horatio’s Garden on this list has six distinct spaces, all of which serve to stimulate different senses. There is also a greenhouse which is surrounded by areas used for horticultural therapy activities.

Chase Farm hospital rehabilitation gardens, London

Chase Farm hospital has renovated two areas into specialist therapeutic gardens for patients. One of the gardens supports dementia patients, while the other supports stroke and rehabilitation patients. Based on a Japanese design, the gardens are compact but tranquil sanctuary within the hospital, and are also open to staff and visitors

Bournemouth hospital garden, Bournemouth

A desolate tarmac courtyard in the hospital was revamped and made into a three-part garden. There is a therapeutic garden outside the chemotherapy suite, a sensory garden linking the courtyard to a lakeside garden, and a large area to walk around and exercise in.


Around the world in 50 football pitches

Turf and Beauty…

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Henningsvaer, NORWAY


Adidas Futsal Park, TOKYO


Munich Olympia Park, GERMANY




Shell Football Pitch Rio, BRAZIL


Ottmar Hitzfeld Gspon Arena, SWITZERLAND


Gangwon Ski Jump Pitch, SOUTH KOREA


Tasiilaq pitch, GREENLAND


Stadion Piran, SLOVENIA


Hasteinsvollur Stadium, ICELAND




Selkirk Football pitch, SCOTLAND


Igraliste Batarija CROATIA


Coroico Football Pitch, BOLIVIA


Bamburg Castle Football Pitch, ENGLAND


Cocodrilos Sports Park, VENEZUELA


Fuglafjørður, FAROE ISLANDS


Tamnogalt MOROCCO


Janosovska Stadium CZECH REPUBLIC


Kuredu Football Pitch MALDIVES


Stadion Gospin Dolac CROATIA


Wakhan Valley, Dzhiland TAJIKISTAN




Koh Panyi, Phang-Nga THAILAND


Autuntheatre Staduim FRANCE


Ghana Field, GHANA


Estadio Silvestre Carrillo de La Palma, SPAIN


Atlanta Station Stadium, UNITED STATES




San Carlos Favela Football Pitch – BRAZIL


Devil’s Tower Camp, GIBRALTAR


Ipurua, Eibar, SPAIN


Saas-Fee Snow Field, SWITZERLAND


Estadi Comunal D’Andorra La Vella, ANDORRA


Vorovoro Football Pitch FIJI


NJ Rijeka Kantrida, CROATIA


Eduardo Souto de Moura Braga, PORTUGAL


Desert Pitch, OMAN


Svanfaskard Stadium, FAROE ISLANDS


Mmbatho Stadium Mafikeng SOUTH AFRICA


Tonciu Football Pitch ROMANIA


Brooklyn Bridge Park UNITED STATES


Pancho Arena HUNGARY


Ascension Island Football Pitch SAINT HELENA


AS Monaco Training Pitch, MONACO


World Games Solar Stadium, TAIWAN


Marseilles Harbour Pitch, FRANCE


Bureh Town Football Pitch, SIERRA LEONE


Hattoheim Football Pitch, NETHERLANDS


Lordegan, Iran



Liverpool Biennial Pitch ENGLAND