Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability garden one of twenty judged "outstanding" by London in Bloom

A garden managed by The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) charity was recognised as "outstanding" in the Royal Horticultural Society's London in Bloom It's Your Neighbourhood awards.

The garden, which is tended by Huntingdon’s disease patients in Wandsworth, received the accolade for its community planting activities and care research, which takes place at the site.

Chairman and judge of London in Bloom Geoff Hyde said: "It is an outstanding example of the benefits to a long-stay hospital community of patients, their visitors and staff that a garden of modest size can achieve. The careful and intensive management of the garden makes full use of its potential, for scientific research as well as pleasure." 

A Royal Horticultural Society spokeswoman said the garden was a "wonderful sight". She added: "Flowerbeds are filled with shrubs, waist height accessible planters overflow with flowers and vegetables and pots are stuffed into every conceivable corner."

According to RHN, the garden offers patients an outdoor activity that promotes social interaction and provides therapeutic benefits including "improved mobility and reduced feelings of isolation and exclusion".

The other gardens to be recognised as outstanding at the awards were:

Alexandra Residents Association, Bromley                                                     

Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Southwark                                                       

Barn Hill Conservation Group, Brent                                                              

Biggin Hill Friends of the Park, Bromley                                                          

Blackstock Triangle Gardeners, Islington                                                        

BOST, Waterloo Millennium Green with Friends of Hatfields Green And Styles House Residents Association, Lambeth & Southwark          

Culpeper Community Garden, Islington                                                           

Friends of Abbey Gardens, Newham                                                              

Friends of Archbishop’s Park Gardening Group, Lambeth                              

Friends of Eastcote House Gardens, Hillingdon                                               

Friends of King Henrys Walk Garden, Islington                                              

Goodman House Gardeners Group, Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, Wandsworth

Greenfingers & Friends of Archbishop’s Park, Lambeth                                  

Hook Lane Primary School, Bexley                                                                

Long Lane Pasture Trust, Barnet                                                                    

Phoenix School Farm and Learning Zone, Hammersmith & Fulham                 

The Friends of Barnes Common, Richmond                                                    

The Gardens’ Residents Association, Haringey                                               

The Radiomarathon Centre, Enfield                                                                

Walworth Garden Farm, Southwark                                                               



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