Davies White were appointed by the NHS Trust to develop and deliver the UK's first Children's Paediatric Garden at St George's Hospital, London. The scheme includes an animal petting area and raised fruit and vegetable planters. The garden was part funded by the pop band, Take That. After working on the garden for almost a year we were delighted that Mark Owen from the band Take That found time to attend the grand opening. The opening was also attended by London Mayor and former local MP Sadiq Khan.
Mark said “Wow, this is magical. What a great place for the children to come and enjoy at St George's Hospital. Well done to Adam, Andrée, the team at St George’s and course all the children. Thank you for inviting me along to be part of this special day.”
“I spoke to Howard and Jay earlier in the week and told them the garden has two rabbits named after them, they both thought it was hilarious.” He added, all the lads think this is a great project and that’s why on behalf of the Take That Trust I’d like to present the hospital with this cheque for £20,000”.
The garden cost £90K and incorporates ideas and features suggested by the children, including a vegetable patch, animal enclosure, swings, water pump, stepping stones, hammock, basketball hoop and willow wigwam and tunnel. There is even a wooden carved friendly dragon called Owen. The garden is a case study which highlights the therapeutic quality of garden design.