Combat Stress Therapeutic Garden
Combat Stress Therapeutic Garden – Silver Medal
A Silver Medal was awarded for the ‘Combat Stress Therapeutic Garden’, at Hampton Court Flower Show, much to the delight of all concerned, especially as it was the first time CCE Surfacing had entered this show.
CCE Surfacing as well as being the main sponsors, built this prize winning garden, which was designed by Fi Boyle Garden Design. They received high praise in the national media. Mike Sugg, MD of CCE Surfacing, said “We were delighted to sponsor such a worthwhile project. Receiving the silver medal was really a bonus, as we put the garden together to raise public awareness of this great cause.”
The garden was later dismantled and is now being installed by CCE Surfacing, at the Tyrwhitt House, Leatherhead, where the Veterans undergoing treatment can use and enjoy the garden.
The garden ‘flows’ with smooth, non-slip, honey-coloured resin bound paths complementing dry stone walling and embracing important design considerations: Benches are ‘safe’, backing onto ivy walls, designed so that there is nowhere to hide IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).
There are clear lines of sight (to avoid the fear of being ambushed). The grass is covered with mesh to allow for year round access and wheelchair use. There are areas for contemplation, reflective rather than noisy water, robust yet airy and soothing planting (no reds/oranges) with a mix of evergreens, perennials and spring flowering trees providing year-round interest.
The planting is designed to attract wild-life; particularly important as the garden will be overlooked by the Activity Centre at Combat Stress’s headquarters, where rehabilitation also encompasses painting and writing. The garden is intended to provide both inspirational and healing views. Groups of tables and chairs provide areas where families can meet those undergoing therapy.
The centrepiece is a young oak, purchased by veterans to replace one felled at ‘Combat Stress’ headquarters, where the garden is to be installed. It is a symbol of strength and endurance so particularly pertinent to the armed forces. The planting is layered to give depth and form to the space creating privacy, but not ‘hiding’ places.
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