Bid to cre­ate a heal­ing gar­den

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A char­ity has launched a £140,000 fundrais­ing bid to cre­ate a new physic gar­den at Black­thorn Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

The gar­den, to be de­signed by land­scape ar­chi­tect Mar­ian Boswall, would sit at the en­trance to the site in St An­drews Road, Maid­stone and pro­vide a tran­quil space for ev­ery­one to visit.

The med­i­cal cen­tre is closely linked with the Black­thorn Trust, which sup­ports peo­ple with long-term men­tal health and phys­i­cal con­di­tions and the hope is the gar­den will also pro­mote heal­ing and re­cov­ery. The plans in­clude a in­clude a vis­i­tors’ cen­tre, as well as raised beds and wide paths to cre­ate out­door work­shops for peo­ple with re­duced mo­bil­ity.

Physic gar­dens, con­tain­ing herbs and plants with medic­i­nal prop­er­ties, are the fore­run­ners to the mod­ern botan­i­cal gar­dens. They en­tered wide­spread us­age in the 16th cen­tury while monas­tic gar­dens of a sim­i­lar na­ture date back to the 8th cen­tury.

The fundrais­ing pro­ject was launched at the end of last month and a third of the total has al­ready been raised. More in­for­ma­tion from Denise Thursby on 01622 828370, or ad­min@black­

Launch­ing the physic gar­den fund at the Black­thorn Trust

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