Horatio’s Garden Oswestry was officially opened on Sunday 22 September 2019, by Sir Algernon Heber-Percy. The garden aims to support spinal injury patients and their loved ones spending time in the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.
The charity aspires to establish a Horatio’s Garden at each of the 11 spinal centres across the UK. It has gardens currently open in Salisbury, Scotland and Stoke Mandeville. They also have projects planned for London and Cardiff, which are due to be complete by 2022.
Their latest garden has been designed by award-winning garden designer and Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, Bunny Guinness. In her speech, Bunny described how she created the original designs in collaboration with patients, families and NHS staff. She also spoke of how wonderful it is to now see the space being treasured by so many.
The garden was funded entirely by donations, with the League of Friends, the National Garden Scheme and the Shropshire Freemasons all giving incredibly generous grants.
Architect Andrew Wells deigned the garden room whilst Read Construction and Butler Landscapes brought the garden to life.
The design features a children’s play area and numerous cosy corners for families and friends. Patients will also have the opportunity to take part in the charity’s gentle garden and art therapy sessions. Whilst everyone can join in with the seasonal events that Horatio’s Garden will hold in the space throughout the year.
If you would like to donate to Horatio’s Garden Oswestry, please visit https://www.horatiosgarden.org.uk/donate/.
If you would like to volunteer in Horatio’s Garden Oswestry, please email [email protected] or call 01722 326834.