South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

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Part of Enhancing the Healing Environment

Date started: 1 Dec 2005
Organisation: learning disabilities
Service: learning disabilities
Project: gardens

Project location

Keats House, Billericay, Essex

Aims and Outcomes

The garden area at this rehabilitation unit for men with learning disabilities, the size of an average suburban garden, was uninspiring, very under-used and felt by all to need improvement.

The garden has been transformed and now has many distinctive features including curved raised planters, a driftwood sculpture surrounded by bamboo, a chequer board with alternate slate tiles and planting, a herb garden and an oak gazebo. The gazebo is adorned by stained glass panels depicting earth, water, air and fire.

The addition of a summer room to the lounge area, means the garden can be enjoyed when the weather prevents people from going outside. The garden designer was chosen because he was keen to engage the patients in creating the garden and he continues to works with them to keep the garden in good shape.

This project won the 'Award for Best Landscape Design' at the 2007 Building Better Health Care Awards.

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