Bid to create a healing garden
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Launching the physic garden fund at the Blackthorn Trust