On Friday the 27th of January, Chris Parsons of Hallam Garden Design picked up the award for best ‘Healing or Learning Gardens’ at this year’s Society of Garden Designers awards for her design and implementation of Ashgate Hospicecare’s gardens.
The award ceremony, which took place at The Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, London, hosted a number of prestigious gardeners who were recognised for their knowledge and contribution to the landscape and garden design profession.
Chris Parsons, who picked up the award for best ‘Healing or Learning Gardens’ for her beautiful design of the gardens at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “I am in utter shock of being the WINNER in the category ‘Healing or Learning Gardens’ for our gardens at Ashgate Hospicecare. There were a lot of high profile designers in our category who I respect greatly so be chosen over them really was amazing, it’s our version of winning Olympic gold.
Much credit is due to the management and staff of the hospice who first
commissioned these gardens. For a real garden there really is no higher accolade than this one. There is nowhere higher to go than this and it is just beginning to sink in.’
Lucy Nickson, Chief Executive of Ashgate Hospicecare, said: ‘A huge congratulations to Chris Parsons for winning the award for best ‘Healing Gardens’. The design and layout of the hospice’s gardens are simply beautiful and bring so much joy to patient and their families, staff and volunteers. “
“The project to redesign and improve the gardens started a number of years ago but it is only now that we are seeing the full benefits as the garden starts to fully mature. We hope the gardens will get more beautiful year on year and are just so pleased that we have this wonderful space for patients, families, staff and volunteers and all visitors to enjoy.”