Health and Well Being, the Keys to Environmental Design!
At The Design Charity we share one overriding mission: to give a garden to those who most need and can least afford one.
Gifted Gardens are fully funded, designed and built by our gold award-winning designers and craftsmen.
Inspired by global warming, this garden is designed to raise the awareness and the direct involvement of the general public – an involvement dramatised by the design of the garden and the challenge it poses:
‘How on earth can we move from a ‘world on fire to a ‘global garden’?
Burnt trees, burnt ground and blackened walls speak of our current concerns over immanent environmental collapse due to global warming and the abuse of the natural environment whilst hi-tech responsive stepping-stones interrogate the promise of technological answers!
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Emmaus Charity garden, 'An Uprising of kindness', celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Charity and Abbe Pierre's call to the french people on Radio Luxembourg:“My friends, come and help… A woman has just frozen to death at 3am on the pavement of Boulevard Sebastopol in Paris, clutching in her hand the eviction notice used to throw her out of her home the day before yesterday…"
Research suggests spaces of awe and restoration lead to reduced cortisol levels, blood pressure and heart rate after a few hours, as well as a 40% increase in natural killer cells after just three days.
Responding to the call from Mildmay’s Director Dr Ross White for a sanctuary garden which offered: ‘safety’, ‘security’ and much needed ‘support’’, The Design Charity sought to create an immersive environment characterised by the 'aids ribbon pathway' which leads the visitor to an inclusive semi circular raised seating area set in luxurious planting.
There are some wounds that even gardens can't heal, but gardens can help us feel...!
The Promised Land
The Rwandan genocide is perceived as a tragic episode in human history.. This garden raise awareness in a most poignant manner! Places do indeed speak to us, they speak to us of what is important and given the right treatment, they can influence, control and manipulate human emotion - and just as they can engender 'the architecture of happiness', they have also been seen to deliver a treatise on sadness and compassion!
RHS judges awarded this garden a gold medal and voted it 'Best in Show', visitors queued all day and many shed a tear!
This musical play space was designed in collaboration with the ‘kids’ from an inner city children’s charity. Inspired by the Lewis Carroll poem 'Jabberwocky', it was an award-winning show garden at Hampton Court. A future option, in keeping with the design intentions of the 'kids', might be to rebuild this garden with its all singing, all dancing array of hi-tech wizardry and it's digitalised musical pathway and a variety of augmented ‘instruments’. Moreover, the proposal is to convert the theme of the poem, ‘the hero’s quest,’ into a virtual game which can be personalised for each participant as they 'pit their wits' against internal monsters.
'Pilgrims Garden' marks the progress of Christian on route to the 'Celestial City' via 'Doubting Castle', 'The Delectable Mountains' and the 'River of Death' et al
Pilgrims garden, designed and built in 1997, marked the first RHS Gold Medal for Landscape Architect William Butterworth. It also set the stage for the host of transformative, 'gifted' gardens that followed.
The Design Charity is an award winning design and build garden charity with 5 Gold and Silver Gilt R.H.S.Medals from Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Flower Shows.
If you or your community are in need of a garden or if you would like to help fund 'The Gift of Garden' then please, get in touch now:
Call Bill on 07825394320