A large project at Kelling Hospital in Holt was started in 2015 and the gardens were completed and opened summer 2017. I was asked to undertake designs for two areas.
MAIN GARDEN Create a garden at the back of the hospital suitable for patients, staff and visitors. It was to be viewed from the new day room but not to block the view of the old chapel. The main path was to be level and generous, suitable for two wheelchairs side by side, there should be plenty of areas to sit, a covered gazebo and beautiful planting.
PINEHEATH WARD GARDEN This is a narrow strip between Pineheath Ward and the road. The area was to be fenced but visible from the road. Separate themed bays were to be designed and the area is to be accessed by patients directly from the ward doors, possibly allowing beds to be taken outside. We settled on a seaside garden and a railway theme as the local North Norfolk Poppy Line steam train is adjacent to the hospital. Further into the design process I was requested to add an area to be used for outside physiotherapy. This included steps, a cobbled area, astro turf, loose gravel and low gates, all to help patients adjust to walking on these surfaces after leaving hospital.