A new outdoor space for people to remember, reflect and rejuvenate was officially opened at Medway Maritime Hospital by the Mayor of Medway, Cllr Jan Aldous, on Tuesday 26 April.
The fully blocked-paved Reflection Garden, which has pergolas, raised beds, privacy screens, seating, and a stunning water feature, was made possible thanks to generous funding from Medway NHS Foundation Trust, The Medway Hospital Charity and Medway League of Friends.
Architects studio BRiNER designed the Reflection Garden and landscape designer Jo Jemmison, who won a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Silver Gilt Medal and a Best in Category award for a Metamorphosis Show Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2014 for her first show garden, created the planting scheme.
Dr George Findlay, the Trust’s Chief Executive, said: “The reflection garden is an important addition to our hospital and we hope it will enhance mental and physical wellbeing. The pandemic has been tough on all of us and this garden recognises that people need a space to remember loved ones, who have lost their lives to COVID-19 or other illnesses. It has been designed as an uplifting area for relaxation, rejuvenation and reflection and we hope staff, patients and visitors will be able to take a break and make the most of this wonderful new resource, when the site fully opens.
“I would like to thank The Medway Hospital Charity and Medway League of Friends for their financial contribution to this project. Without their help, this garden would not have been possible. “I would also like to thank Cllr Jan Aldous, the Mayor of Medway, for opening our reflection garden, architects studio BRiNER, designer Jo Jemmison and her team for the beautiful planting scheme, our estates team and contractors Drakemoor Ltd, which carried out the garden transformation and kindly donated shrubs and flowers for the planters, for making our vision a reality.”