The COVID Recovery garden featured at RHS Tatton Park 2022 was donated and re-built in its entirety at Brookside Clinic in Aylesbury to create a calm, restful and sensory space. The design for the show garden was altered for the hospital to integrate it around the entranceway. A secondary area was added to the right of the show garden for use as a multifunctional space, surrounded by a naturalised meadow.
The garden, open to the public, will benefit both staff at the clinic as well as patients visiting the Trust’s sexual health clinic and its Community Head Injuries Service (CHIS). Several people being supported by CHIS have in fact signed up as volunteer gardeners to help maintain the garden. Not only does the space feature several sensory and medicinal plants, but the act of gardening itself supports the personalised brain-injury rehabilitation practiced by CHIS.
"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rachel since she donated her Covid recovery garden to our NHS trust. From the first time we met, her passion for her garden, enthusiasm and knowledge were fabulous. Rachel was interested in all the details, from the garden and its installation all the way through to our clients who would be maintaining it in the future. She was so thorough that she put a easy to follow guide for us to use regarding the gardens maintenance. All of us, staff and clients have been overwhelmed by Rachel’s generosity, professionalism and attention to detail as well as her interest in leaving a lasting legacy for us. We consider ourselves very lucky to have worked with Rachel and love how she is happy for us to contact her with any ongoing queries".
- Martin Hillier, Placement Consultant for the Community Head Injury Service