I have been a Trustee for Naomi House and Jack’s Place (www.naomihouse.org.uk), a fantastic charity based in Sutton Scotney in Hampshire, which provides respite and hospice care for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions, for about 3 years now. It is a charity that means a lot to me and to all the families it helps.
The Board of Trustees recently decided that the building of Naomi House itself needed extensive refurbishment to be able to provide the top level care for the increasingly medicalised children who come through our doors as well as providing additional capacity. To do this Naomi House launched the Caterpillar Appeal last year which has been successfully raising funds for this building work.
One side effect of the work is that the existing garden has been a building site and is no longer really fit for purpose, so the decision was taken to redesign both the children’s garden and play space as well as adding two other garden spaces for peace and reflection at the same time.
The chance to combine two of my great interests – garden design and charity work – proved to be irresistible so I have been working on the designs for Naomi House over the last four months. The gallery photos show the current state of the gardens, so you can see we have a lot of work to do…..over the next few months I will be sharing the story of the garden’s progress and development. However, as with all things charity related we are appealing for donations to help create a magical garden for the children, so if you would like to be part of the story please visit www.caterpillarappeal.org.uk