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The addition of this beautiful greenhouse provides patients and loved ones with a sheltered place to enjoy horticultural activities year-round as part of our Living Well service. Potting shelves at waist height and easy access for wheelchair users ensure everyone can get involved and learn new skills. This lovely new structure was made possible thanks to a generous donation received from a supporter whose wife, Ann, was cared for at the Hospice.
To make best use of the space outside the Living Well Centre, we have new outdoor seating and raised planters for patients and families to use.
At the centre of this circular area is ‘Rhythms of Life’, an egg shaped sculpture from local artist Marion Brandis.
With images of apple trees (the tree of Kent), and bullfinches (dependent on the orchards), the sculpture depicts growth and the circular nature of life.
Hidden among the foliage are special mosaics of angels and hearts designed to represent Hospice staff.
Simon Probyn’s Moongate sculpture adds further architectural interest. New trees include a Sorbus Olympic Flame marking The Queen’s Jubilee. New planting includes raised beds outside patients’ rooms with witch hazel, perfumed daphne, echinacea, thyme and grasses, for movement.
Tonbridge GP Richard Claxton, who uses his medical knowledge to design gardens for those with chronic conditions, has been involved since the start. From providing concept plans used by architect Malcom Cassam to commissioning sculptures, Richard has worked with Lead Volunteer Gardener, Carole Marks throughout.
Richard said: “As a local GP and resident, I’ve long had a warm place in my heart for the extraordinary work that Hospice in the Weald does. I’m so pleased it will enhance the biodiversity and ecology of the site, and showcase the beautiful sculptural works.”
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