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When gold medal-win­ning gar­den de­signer Cleve West made the first of the Ho­ra­tio’s Gar­dens – cre­ated for vic­tims of spinal in­juries – at Salisbury Hospi­tal’s Duke of Corn­wall Spinal Treat­ment depart­ment, he asked to be pushed around the grounds on a hospi­tal bed so he could view it from a pa­tient’s per­spec­tive. It’s that at­ten­tion to de­tail that has made the gar­den so ben­e­fi­cial for pa­tients. Ev­ery­thing in the gar­den is de­signed to work for them, from the width of the paths, to the height of the planters and ta­bles and au­to­mated doors which en­able easy ac­cess for pa­tients. The sec­ond Ho­ra­tio’s Gar­den is at a spinal in­juries unit in Glas­gow and more are be­ing cre­ated: at Stoke Man­dev­ille, by Joe Swift; and at Oswestry by Bunny Guin­ness. But do­na­tions are still needed to build them. For in­for­ma­tion about how to get in­volved go to ho­r­a­tios­gar­den.org.uk or call 07429 140918.

Ho­ra­tio’s Gar­dens are de­signed to soothe spinal in­jury pa­tients

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