“A garden is a place to reflect, feel restored, play, laugh, make friends, grieve and much more” Elizabeth Reid, author of Children’s Hospice Gardens.
It is my honour to share with you that we have been appointed as designers to deliver the 4.5 acre landscape at The Nook, a children’s hospice in the heart of Norfolk.
Working with the wonderful Greenfingers Charity we aim to empower children with life liming conditions within an engaging, biodiverse landscape. This ambitious and long-term garden project is part of Greenfingers’ mission to bring therapeutic gardens to more life-limited children and families who spend time in hospices across the UK.
We believe that a hospice garden is both an asset, but also a resource, and that the landscape we have designed will provide play and fun, but also physical, emotional, social and spiritual support. The new landscape will be a place where families can enjoy time together to play and learn in a way that they can’t when outside The Nook.
So, there will be a racetrack for wheelchairs, wind mobiles, a forest school and a bright outdoor classroom with a green roof amongst a meadow with plenty of beautiful trees all connected by accessible winding pathways. There will also be quieter corners where families can relax together including, a ‘Rest and Reflect’ area which will be funded by Greenfingers Charity, thanks to its supporters, which will be opened later this year. The ‘Quiet Relaxation Area’ similarly reflects Ann-Marie’s strong belief in the power of nature to improve wellbeing and lift spirits while creating precious memories.
Elizabeth Read in her book Children’s Hospice Gardens says that landscapes surrounding hospices should ‘Use nature to enhance well-being’.
And we couldn’t agree more.
More details at www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk