Nelsons and Horatio's Garden Blossoming Relationship

Well-being charity Horatio’s Garden are at Chelsea Flower Show (22–27 May 2017), sponsored by Nelsons

Nelsons, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of natural healthcare products, is sponsoring Horatio’s Garden stand at the Chelsea Flower Show for the second year running after last year’s award winning presence successfully helped raise awareness and funds for their nature-inspired charity work.

Horatio’s Garden is a charity that creates and lovingly cares for beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. Leading garden designers develop the stunning sanctuaries for patients and their family and friends, creating an environment that becomes an integral part of their lives and care whilst spending many months in hospital. The charity is named after Horatio Chapple - a schoolboy who wanted to be a doctor and volunteered at the spinal centre in Salisbury. It was Horatio’s idea to create a garden and his research has shaped the garden designs and the charity’s aims. Horatio’s life was cut short at 17 when his camp was attacked by a polar bear while on expedition in Svalbard in 2011 but his legacy continues to help patients and their families with the long process of learning to live with a spinal cord injury.

Evidence has shown that gardens can have a positive effect on a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being and Horatio’s Garden harness this to create beautiful therapeutic outdoor spaces at NHS spinal injury centres which help aid patients’ recovery. 

Horatio’s Garden has worked with award-winning designer Cleve West and RHS judge James Alexander-Sinclair to create gardens at the Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital and Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit respectively. RHS Gold medal winner and presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World Joe Swift has created a garden at Stoke Mandeville Hospital which will open later this year and the next project will be at the Midland Centre for Spinal Injury at Oswestry and landscape architect and BBC Radio 4 Gardener's Question Time panelist, Bunny Guinness is the star designer. The aim is to bring Horatio’s Gardens to all the UK’s 11 regional specialist spinal centres.

The planting in this year’s stand is by Cleve West and will be his smallest ever garden at Chelsea! Bunny Guinness, Joe Swift and James Alexander-Sinclair will also be on hand selling the charity’s bespoke merchandise. Olivia Chapple, Chair of Trustees at Horatio’s Garden says “After speaking to so many people at last year’s show, we knew we wanted to be here again, so, thanks to our generous sponsor Nelsons, we have an even bigger and better stand! Come and visit us on the Eastern Avenue.”

Nelsons are happy to support as they also believe in the power of nature for good health and emotional well-being as part of an integrated approach to healthcare. Nelsons Chairman Robert Wilson said: “We are delighted to support Horatio’s Garden again, their projects can make a real difference in a patients’ recovery and their use of nature is inspiring.”