We were delighted to be asked to design the Main Garden and Inner Courtyard areas for Weston Hospicecare. 
 
 
 
 
This forms part of their application for government funding which will become available later this year for hospice improvements nationwide, and landscaping of the garden with its inherent patient benefits is one of their top priorities.  

Main Garden as it is now

Currently the main garden comprises a large area of lawn surrounded by a tarmac path loosely following the perimeter of the grounds and a few narrow borders on the boundary.  Although very well tended, the garden will benefit from a design update.    

Concept Design for Main Garden

The key elements of our design provide wide, sinuous paths which lead you away from the boundary around a raised area of lush, scented planting which contains several seating niches to provide seclusion and privacy as well as viewing points for the prospect of Uphill Church.  A wildlife pond, a selection of small, flowering trees and more curvaceous borders will provide all year round interest. We have also incorporated a small labyrinth designed by the hospice’s gardener.      

The inner courtyard is viewed from several locations within the building and has been somewhat neglected recently. As well as providing an attractive outside space for both residents and staff our brief was to maintain the courtyard’s very important function as a haven for visiting ducks!     

  

Inner Courtyard as it is now

 

We have created a simple design with strong lines softened by lush Mediterranean style planting. A path of limestone setts in resin-bonded aggregate paving leads around a reflecting pond to a bespoke wooden bench, and fragrant climbers and eye-catching architectural palms add a touch of the exotic to this area.        

  

Concept Design for Inner Courtyard

 

Fingers crossed that the funding will allow this exciting prospect to become a reality later this year. 

 

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