Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

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Part of Enhancing the Healing Environment

Date started: 1 Dec 2005
Organisation: mental health
Service: children, mental health
Project: gardens

Project location

Fant Oast, Maidstone

Aims and Outcomes

Fant Oast is a Grade II listed building which provides services for adolescents who were involved in creating the designs for the garden.

Lines of beech hedging radiate from the intersections of the oasts, forming green walls to the major areas of the garden. The hard landscaping, bricks, flagstones and design of the borders have been chosen to blend with the building whilst gaps have been left in the hedging to allow ease of movement and for a 'journey of discovery' through the garden.

The more energetic play areas, including football, swings, basketball and a seesaw are located furthest away towards the front of the building. Each area of planting has a focus and includes cottage plants and herbs. The central creative area includes a tipi, which is already well used for small group work, and a curved wall which will be used as a backdrop for performances. Four part-glazed doors lead from the lounge to a terraced area for socialising and eating outdoors.

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