A Healing Garden for Mildmay HIV Hospital
The Design CIC has been commissioned to create a healing garden for the new Mildmay hospital in Shoreditch which was opened in 2014
Mildmay is an HIV charity delivering quality care and treatment, prevention work, rehabilitation, training, education and health strengthening in the UK and East Africa.
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