We have designed many care home garden projects and are specialists in creating gardens for dementia and active horticultural therapy, often working with the national charity Thrive. This new series of gardens for Caring Homes is on an awkward river bank site over several levels including a roof garden and with planting and structural design focused on retaining views of the river as well as creating passive and active therapy areas for residents. The gardens include sheltered spaces in order to enjoy the space in all weathers as well as areas for active therapy such as kitchen gardens and gardening activities in glasshouse and communal activities such as potting up bulbs.
We are delighted that this project which we worked on for 4 years has won ‘Best New Care Home’ (higher development budget) in the prestigious Healthcare Design Awards. The gardens were an integral part of the design from the planning stage and unusually include roof gardens as well as ground level gardens.
Our success with the design of therapeutic gardens for organisations such as Blind Veterans UK and in conjunction with BLESMA, the military charity for limbless veterans has given us confidence to suggest innovations in garden design for residential care homes that set our gardens apart. Providing for active therapy as well as passive enjoyment, for wildlife gardens and spaces for people to meet as a vibrant community and enjoy the outdoors.