A Healing Garden for Mildmay

A Healing Garden for Mildmay

The Design CIC has been commissioned to create a new healing garden for the Mildmay hospital in Shoreditch which was originally opened in 2014 by its Patron Prince Harry

Inspired by the Aids ribbon and referencing Mildmay colours the garden is designed to offer a therapeutic environment that is both meditative and restorative.

Responding to the call of Mildmay’s Director Dr Ross White for a sanctuary garden which offered:

‘safety’, ‘sercurity’ and much needed ‘support’’

the design sought to create an immersive environment that first invited the patient along the aids ribbon pathway out into the open space before rising up to wrap around the visitor as an inclusive semi circular raised seating area set in voluptuous planting.

The garden was fittingly declared open by Mildmay patron Kim Wilde who personally testifies to the therapeutic value of gardens and horticulture:

“Horticulture really brought me back to life. Gardens are always the first place I go to regenerate … they are a complete sensory experience.”

Kim is shown conversing with the designer Bill Butterworth


William is an RHS award winning Landscape Architect with over 20 years experience in garden and landscape design in the UK and beyond. As the founder and CEO of The Design CIC and its affiliate The Design Charity, William has an abiding interest in the creation of transformative healing environmental design.

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