Yesterday the designers of the RHS Chelsea Back to Nature Garden (co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge) came to Langdon with Guy Barter from the RHS and held a design workshop with patients, carers and staff.
Andrèe Davies and Adam White took the team through their creative process to really engage the people who use and deliver our services in the design.
They showed the design for the re-modelled version of the Back to Nature Garden (originally shown at the Chelsea Flower Show), which will be built for Hampton Court in early July and then at Langdon in August.
Joel Cutter, Senior Nurse Manager, said: "It was a really exciting and inspiring day and our thanks go out to them for really going way above and beyond the brief which originally was to enable us as the winner of the completion to receive all the soft planting from the garden. They have committed to re-designing the garden to fit in our space and meet the needs of the people who will use it. Their passion for all things natural benefiting people was amazing and they have been motivated by our passion to utilise this both as a positive resource for everyone in secure services but also as a springboard for thinking about all of our services and how we can increase our access to and engagement with the natural world.
"The RHS have also agreed to support a delegation of patients, carers and staff to visit Hampton Court to see the new garden. To support us in this venture we have partnered with our Vocational Rehabilitation Service New Leaf who have kindly agreed to look after the plants after Hampton Court in preparation for a collaborative planting day/s probably in July. We are honoured to be part of this project and committed to ensuring we help people get ‘Back to Nature’ both at Langdon and across all of our services."