Gross Max creates garden shoestring for cancer patients

A haven for cancer patients is being created in Scotland on a minimal budget by an Edinburgh landscape practice.

Finishing touches are being made to a haven for cancer patients in Fife. Edinburgh landscape practice Gross Max is creating a naturalistic garden on a tight budget at the fifth Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre. It had less than £10,000 to create the garden, close to the new building designed by Zaha Hadid, winner of the 2004 Pritzker Prize. The Maggie’s Centre concept is based on the vision of the late Maggie Keswick-Jencks, wife of landscape designer Charles Jencks, who identified a need for cancer patients, their families and friends to have more emotional and psychological support. Landscape architect Daniel Reiser said its concept fitted in with a natural hollow in the rock around 30m by 60m wide: “We wanted to reinforce the feeling of being on the edge of wild woodland. “Hospital gardens are often hideous. We wanted to have something of quality,” he added. Planting includes semi-mature trees for screening purposes. The garden will open on 4 September.

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