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.


Alex Zanardi Tribute

Alex Zanardi – the ultimate gentleman racer. Always polite and measured – returned to F1 after a fantastic CART career.


Horrific crash 2001 – multiple cardiac arrests, read the last rites, both legs amputated.


Took up handcycling:


2 golds and 1 silver – London 2012
2 golds and 1 silver – Rio 2016


Awesome tribute from Alex Brooker (The Last Leg):


18 year-old Kimia – the first ever female Iranian Olympic medallist

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What an achievement by Kimia Alizadeh, 18 years-old, from Iran. She has just won bronze in the Taekwando (57kg category)

She has just become the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal.  And what is more, she has done this in a country with minimal coaching facilities and restrictions for women, making it difficult for them to train and compete.

Kimia is a pioneer, and I hope she will light the flames of sporting achievement for Iranian women.

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Junior Doctors – We could be heroes

by Nima Ghadiri

The National Health Service is considered by many to be the jewel in the United Kingdom’s crown: A service which provides healthcare to all regardless of wealth.

Unfortunately, the previous Labour government judged that it was too unwieldy, and set in motion plans to privatize it. These plans have been accelerated by the current Conservative government.

Knowing that the people of the United Kingdom would be vehemently against losing the NHS, the government recognises that the only way to bring this about is to break it up in a clandestine manner starting with the easiest targets: Junior Doctors, Student Nurses and Student Midwives.

They have proposed a contract which is not safe for patients, not safe for doctors and is already resulting in doctors leaving the NHS and school students not applying for medicine.

They want to dismantle the NHS by hook or by crook. They did not expect such unity from the junior doctors to protect something so valuable. We are the first line of defence.

“We can not let this happen. We will not let this happen”

I support #juniordoctors

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