Children of fallen soldiers get their own Hampton Court garden

L-R CEO Stuart Robinson, designer Graeme Thirde, founder Nikki Scotty with children supported by the charity. Image: Supplied
L-R CEO Stuart Robinson, designer Graeme Thirde, founder Nikki Scotty with children supported by the charity. Image: Supplied

The garden, themed around memories, is to honor those children who have lost a parent in the British Armed Forces.

The charity worked with garden designer Graeme Thirde and contractor Harrington Porter to create the walk-through show garden. A water feature in the form of a rill meanders through the garden. It starts out turbulent and erratic before gradually becoming serene, referencing the bereavement process that Scotty's supports children through. A memory tree allows children to express memories of their lost parent by tying yellow ribbons to the branches.

Scotty's Little Soldiers CEO Stuart Robinson said: "We offer vital support to some very brave young people across the UK and our hope is that those visiting our show garden this summer will not only have the chance to fondly remember lost parents, but to find out more about our work."

Graeme Thirde, the garden's designer, said: "My career with the Army made me instantly understanding of the incredible and inspirational work that Scotty's undertakes across the UK. In designing the garden I have sought to honor the children of the Fallen and to provide a garden that speaks of the hope that Scotty's brings to so many young lives in our country."


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