The National Garden Scheme (NGS) announced today it is making Horatio’s Garden one of its beneficiaries for the 2016 season.
The NGS has an interesting history dating back to the 1850’s that has always been closely related to health and nursing and its partnership with Horatio’s Garden will strengthen its strategy to promote the benefits of gardens for improved health and wellbeing.
There is a convincing history of rehabilitation gardening in the UK. Benefits have included enhanced fine motor skills, greater upper body strength and range of movement, improved balance and posture, increased physical activity tolerance, improved mental health and pain management.
Horatio’s Garden has already delivered many of these benefits to patients at its first garden at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury and is currently building a second garden at the Scottish National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow.
Dr Olivia Chapple, Chair and executive trustee of Horatio’s Garden, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to be joining forces with the NGS whose aims are very much in line with those of Horatio’s Garden.
“We are so grateful to everyone who visits a National Garden Scheme open garden and we urge people to explore as many gardens as they can this summer.
“We look forward to working with the NGS to bring peace and relaxation to more people who have suffered devastating spinal cord injuries.”
The donation of £130,000 from the NGS will go towards the third Horatio’s Garden that will be built next year at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
It will make significant difference to the fundraising campaign and help to bring Joe Swift’s spectacular designs to life, giving patients of all ages with spinal cord injuries a beautiful therapeutic garden adjacent to the wards, greatly benefitting their quality of life and wellbeing during their long hospital stays.