We set out to turn under-used, existing land at Parklands Mental health Hospital into two gardens with distinct therapeutic qualities.
This project has been set up in partnership with Sparsholt College (Horticultural) and military veterans through Help for Heroes since the hospital houses an MoD specific unit alongside general adult mental health services.
One garden will be sensory based and used for quiet contemplation and relaxation in conjunction with being a suitable space for privacy, much needed e.g. for the military patients who often receive colleagues from their units. It will furthermore have an important role for all patients through providing a suitable space for group therapy and mindfulness sessions.
The second larger garden has been designed for both social interaction and exercise, with ample tranquil seating and a view to incorporate adult exercise equipment. This space has furthermore been intended for multiple uses, including facilitating occupational therapy sessions such as art therapy, gardening club and yoga.