Medway Maritime Hospital unveils garden created by Royal Horticultural Society and BBC Gardeners’ World Live winner Jo Jemmison

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A new outdoor space for people to ‘remember, reflect and rejuvenate’ has opened at a hospital in Kent.

The garden at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham was created by award-winning landscape designer Jo Jemmison with funding from the Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Medway Hospital Charity and the Medway League of Friends.

Drakemoor contractors have created a time lapse video of the project so you can see the garden being built from start to finish.

The courtyard includes pergolas, raised flower beds, privacy screens, seating and a large water feature.

It was officially opened by the Mayor of Medway, Cllr Jan Aldous, and will initially be used by staff. When fully open, patients and visitors will also be able to enjoy the area.

Dr George Findlay, Chief Executive of the Hospital Trust, said: ‘The Reflection Garden is an important addition to our hospital and we hope it will improve mental and physical well-being.

The new garden of the Medway Maritime Hospital. Photo: Medway NHS Foundation Trust

“The pandemic has been hard on all of us and this garden recognizes that people need a space to remember their loved ones, who have lost their lives to COVID-19 or other illnesses.

“It has been designed as an uplifting space for relaxation, rejuvenation and reflection and we hope staff, patients and visitors can pause and make the most of this wonderful new resource when the site is fully open. .

“I would like to thank The Medway Hospital Charity and Medway League of Friends for their financial contribution to this project. Without their help, this garden would not have been possible.

The water feature in the garden.  Photo: Medway NHS Foundation Trust
The water feature in the garden. Photo: Medway NHS Foundation Trust

“I would also like to thank Cllr Jan Aldous, the Mayor of Medway, for opening our reflective garden, designer Jo Jemmison and her team for the wonderful planting scheme, our property team and contractors Drakemoor Ltd, who have carried out the transformation of the garden and kindly donated shrubs and flowers for the planters, to make our vision a reality.

Garden designer Jo Jemmison won a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Silver Medal and Best in Category Award for a Makeover Show Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2014 for her first show garden.

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