Our hospice gardens are a very important part of our care

There is something wonderfully calming about spending time in a garden, embracing the fresh air, seeing the array of colours and smelling the flowers in bloom. 

Two boys playing outside in the playyard at an Acorns hospice. One of the boys is in a wheelchair.

For children in particular a garden is a blank canvas for imaginations to run wild. For many of our children access to their garden at home isn’t possible, so our specially designed gardens enable our children and families to spend quality time together outside.

There are themed play areas for children and their siblings, as well as sensory areas that give heightened awareness of sight, smell and sound. Water fountains, scented plants and bright flowers, wind chimes and musical instruments help to spark imagination.

For parents and grandparents the gardens act as a quiet place to visit, where the beautiful surroundings help provide a calming atmosphere.

A peaceful memorial garden situated at each hospice allows families to spend time reflecting and remembering a child they have lost.

Memorial garden with a woman sat on a bench in the background.