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Garden Gallery - RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2010
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2010
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The Combat Stress Therapeutic Garden
The Combat Stress Therapeutic Garden
Designer: Fi Boyle Garden Design / Sponsor: Cirencester Civil Engineering Ltd / Contractor: Cirencester Civil Engineering Ltd

This garden has been designed to be used by ex-Service personnel undergoing treatment for PTSD and other psychological wounds at Combat Stress. The design is gentle and flowing, with smooth, honey coloured resin-bound paths complementing the dry stone walling. The garden embraces important design considerations; benches are safe, backing on to walls and designed so that there is nowhere to hide an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). There are clear lines of sight (to avoid the fear of being ambushed). The grass is covered with mesh to allow year-round access for wheelchair users. There are areas for contemplation, with still reflective water. The planting is robust yet soothing (no reds or oranges), with a mix of evergreens, perennials and spring flowering trees for year-round interest and to attract wildlife. The centrepiece is a young oak tree purchased by veterans to replace the one felled at Combat Stress's headquarters, where the garden will be installed after the show. The garden will be overlooked by the Activity Centre, where rehabilitation includes painting and writing. The garden is designed to be both inspirational and peaceful, in order to promote healing.

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