Devon Winery’s support for gold-winning Horatio’s Garden at Chelsea Flower Show

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Sandridge Barton
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26 Jun 2023

The head of a Devon winery has spoken of his deep pride for supporting Horatio’s Garden charity, which won gold and Best in Show at the Chelsea Flower Show with a wheelchair accessible design by Exeter and London-based landscape design duo Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg.

Horatio’s Garden is a charitable organisation that creates and maintains beautiful and accessible gardens at NHS spinal injury centres. It is designed to be a sanctuary for patients with a therapeutic outdoor space specifically designed to be wheelchair accessible where they can relax, escape the clinical environment, and engage with nature.

Duncan Schwab, CEO and head winemaker at Sandridge Barton, the home of Sharpham Wine, has supported the charity by offering celebratory wine.

He said: “We’re so proud to support Horatio’s Garden charity which provides beautiful spaces to help with the well-being and quality of life for people with spinal injuries. 

“Connecting with nature and the healing power of gardens positively impacts the lives of patients and their families and we were delighted to support them in a small way with some wine for their VIP visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show, and even more delighted that this beautiful garden won Best in Show.”

The garden was designed to be experienced by spinal injury patients from a bed or wheelchair. It will be relocated to the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre in Sheffield in 2024, offering an area of sanctuary to long-term patients, families and NHS staff and improve their wellbeing.

Horatio’s Garden charity has gardens at six other NHS spinal injury centres across the UK including Horatio’s Garden South West, based at Salisbury District Hospital.

The charity is named in memory of Horatio Chapple, who had the original idea to create a garden for patients with spinal injuries and their loved ones while volunteering at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury during his school holidays. The first garden opened in 2012 and following its enormous success, a nationwide charity was formed with the mission to open a Horatio’s Garden in all 11 UK spinal injury centres.

Image credit: Marianne Majerus

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