Devon Partnership NHS Trust Dewnans Centre has won a national competition to win the RHS Back to Nature Garden from the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The competition is part of the NHS and RHS partnership to raise awareness of gardening for good mental health.
The news comes as a Mori Poll shows that nearly 80% of people who garden say gardening has a positive impact on their mental health. This year some 23 Trusts entered the competition to try and win the RHS Garden.
The RHS will relocate plants and landscaping from the 2019 RHS Back to Nature Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show to The Dewnans Centre in Dawlish to create a beautiful green space for patients and hospital staff to enjoy.
The Dewnans Centre is a 60 bed medium secure Hospital on a site with an additional 54 beds in other buildings. It supports the recovery of some of the most socially disenfranchised people who often have no access to natural habitats.
In its completion entry form The Dewnans Centre said that:
“The garden would provide: a sanctuary, a spiritual and peaceful space for patients, staff and carers to enjoy. The garden would offer a chance to bring the outside in, especially important for people who will always have limited access to green spaces. For patients it would mean ownership, a chance to put something back, as well as giving opportunities for co-production through joint work with staff, experts, community and family members.
The Devon Partnership NHS Trust also said:
Past experience has shown us that, when nothing else works, the garden can.”
Landscape Architects Andree Davis and Adam White, co-designers of the RHS Back to Nature Garden, will be designing and creating the garden for The Devon Partnership Trust after the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.