A GARDEN that helps people with spinal injuries find therapy and escapism has scooped two awards at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Horatio's Garden has been awarded a gold medal and coveted Best in Show at the show, which takes place from May 22 until May 27.
Salisbury-based charity Horatio's Garden's display aimed to show how their gardens offer respite to those with spinal injuries.
The charity helps patients with spinal injuries by providing "vibrant sanctuaries" in NHS spinal centres.
Their show garden - Horatio’s Garden Chelsea - was designed by Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg and is accessible to all. It is an adaptive garden that prioritises those with different mobility needs.
Olivia Chapple, founder and chair of trustees, said: "As a charity that creates and nurtures gardens, it has been a long-held dream to showcase Horatio’s Garden at the world’s greatest flower show.
"We are simply thrilled that the show garden has been awarded a gold medal and Best in Show."
Charlotte and Hugo said they were delighted to win the two awards.
They issues a joint statement, which said: "We are so delighted to have been presented with both a gold medal and Best in Show for this garden.
Horatio Chapple was killed when he was just 17 during an Arctic expedition to the Svalbard Islands in August 2011 after a polar bear attacked his school's campsite.
We interviewed his mother in our latest On Point podcast episode.
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"From the very start, the charity’s mission really spoke to us, connecting people with nature is at the heart of everything we do at Harris Bugg Studio and this garden reflects all the stories and needs of the people we spent months listening to before even picking up a pencil to design."
They added: "This garden is a story of people coming together to make something very special."
Olivia added: "We are so grateful to Charlotte and Hugo for pushing the boundaries to create such a thoughtful, pioneering and exquisite garden; and also, to Project Giving Back, without whom none of this would have been possible."
The garden will be relocated to the Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre in Sheffield in 2024, where it will be eight times the size of the Chelsea show garden and become the eighth and latest of the charity’s gardens at NHS spinal centres.