All Images Credit: Lucy Shergold***


This year, Horatio’s Garden is launching an exciting new scheme to allow groups more access to their gardens.

Horatio’s Garden is a national charity creating beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. So far there are outdoor spaces at Salisbury, Glasgow, Stoke Mandeville and Oswestry spinal units with others in the planning stage. All of the gardens have been designed by leading landscape designers and architects to ensure that the space can be used all year round. Each garden is looked after by a Head Gardener with a team of volunteers who also provide creative and therapeutic activities.

The Charity is named after Horatio Chapple, an inspirational individual who realised the benefit of outside space for those with spinal injuries. Tragically, Horatio did not live to see the idea develop as he was killed at the age of 17 by a polar bear while on a science trip with The British Exploring Society to Svalbard.


Thanks to the support of the Rank Foundation’s Profit for Good Programme, each of the gardens will now be open monthly from April to October, giving groups an opportunity to explore each space. The tours will be led by the Head Gardener who will explain the benefit of gardens and gardening for people’s physical and mental health. There’ll also be a plant sale and merchandise on offer as well as plenty of tea and homemade cakes!

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to book a tour, click here

Selected Tours

As well as the group visits, the gardens at Salisbury, Glasgow and Stoke Mandeville are open on selected dates for individuals and/or a few friends. There are only 20 spaces available on each tour so if you are interested, get in touch soon.

Horatio’s Garden – Salisbury

Designed by Cleve West and opened in 2012:

Friday, 10th July 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Horatio’s Garden – Glasgow

Designed by James Alexander-Sinclair and opened in 2016:

Wednesday 3rd June 11.00am – 1.00pm

Wednesday 2nd September 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Horatio’s Garden – Stoke Mandeville

Designed by Joe Swift and opened in 2018:

Thursday 16th July, 10.00am – 12pm


Thursday 20th August, 6.00pm – 8.00pm


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