Harefield Healing Garden Appeal Donate Fundraise Will you help us create a garden at Harefield Hospital patients, staff and visitors to enjoy? We are raising £50,000 to help provide patients, staff and visitors with a calming space that promotes physical and mental wellbeing. It will sit to the right hand side of the road as you enter the hospital’s main gate. Why have a garden? We all know that nature aids recovery and can improve our mental and physical states. Gardens have been used in the healing process since ancient Greece, with the first medical practice at the temple and gardens at Epidavros. But it was not until 1984 that psychologist Roger Ulrich first documented the evidence for the healing effect of gardens or outdoor environments in the journal “Science”. Ulrich showed that patients with a view of nature benefited in several ways: They suffered fewer complications after surgery They used less pain medication They were discharged sooner than those who looked out on an inanimate brick wall They experienced more positive feelings and fewer negative emotions There is strong evidence that natural sunlight aids recovery for critical-care patients. And of course, gardens not only benefit patients, but their families and hospital staff. Developed by designer Nicki Jackson, the garden will provide patients, staff and visitors with a calming space that promotes physical and mental wellbeing. Nicki said: Walkways will be wide enough so that two wheelchair users can visit the garden side by side. The garden will feature a long curved bench and seating area, in both public and private settings. The use of different plants and trees will create a cocooning enclosure, with swathes of sensory grasses and perennials chosen to add soft movement, a gentle energy and all season interest. We are creating a social space, where people can sit on the grass under tree and children can run and play while overlooked by their family. Will you help us?