Client Kirkwood Hospice
Designer/architect Jeremy Parker, FIRA
Maintenance contractor Andrew Williams, Grace Landscapes
Suppliers Street Design, Knowl Park Nursery, Kinley Systems, C&S Bridges, Green-tech
The existing gardens at Kirkwood Hospice were redesigned and upgraded in conjunction with the new in-patient wing. After much consultation with the local community, the idea was to provide accessibility to the garden for all. Installation of a commemorative block and resin-bound paths linking with a bridge and pond meant there were no restrictions. Garden rooms leading from the building are partitioned with planters and trellises and provide privacy and colour. The change in levels is accommodated by a path meandering through the herbaceous and shrub borders. The labyrinth of life installed in contrasting resin-bound gravel is a focal point of the garden and a natural resting place. Not only can the patients use the garden to get away for a quiet moment of reflection, but so can the staff and the local community. "Access all areas" indeed.
"What was originally an unremarkable hospice garden with lots of clutter is now an enchanting space that is accessible not only to staff, patients and families but to everyone within the hospice community.
"A bridge over a tranquil pool and established tree form a focal point while new pathways pass between beautiful boldly planted flower beds and raised planters. All works have been completed by the contractor to an excellent standard and the design developed with the hospice community."