An appeal to raise £100,000 to landscape the grounds at Chavasse VC House, the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester, has been launched in partnership with local newspapers Daily Gazette and Essex County Standard.
The Heroes Garden Project will transform the Recovery Centre’s garden from bare scrubland to a serene, peaceful haven to support wounded, injured and sick Serving personnel, veterans and their families.
It's an ambitious, exciting project and already has had a helping hand from landscaping designers Farr and Roberts, based in Maidenhead, who have donated their 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, ‘Hope on the Horizon’, to the Recovery Centre. ‘Hope on the Horizon’ represents the complex and progressive path of recovery and the garden aims to echo the Help for Heroes ethos; to inspire, enable and support our heroes during their recovery and beyond.
The Heroes Garden Project will divide the grounds into two distinct areas; reflective and active. A seamless path will join ‘Hope on the Horizon’ to a sensory, reflective space which will contain elements to stimulate different senses and provide a working outdoor classroom for the various workshops that take place each week at the Centre. The active space will encourage our heroes to participate in various sporting activities such as golf and an eight metre climbing tower as part of Battle Back, the Adaptive Sport and Adventurous Training programme.
Steve Schollar, Centre Manager, said, “In the two years’ Chavasse VC House has been open we have, alongside the MOD and many other charity partners, supported nearly 600 serving personnel and veterans; I have no doubt this number will continue to rise. Some of these individuals have experienced life-changing injuries such as single, double and triple amputations. Others have on-going ‘hidden wounds’ such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Furthermore, these illnesses and injuries put a huge amount of stress on the close family members of the wounded. So there is real need to support a whole network of people and this is what Help for Heroes pledges to do…for life. This project will deliver a raft of new recovery experiences and capabilities, to enhance those already provided through the generosity of the Great British Public.”
All donations earmarked for Heroes Garden Project will fund the following:
• Groundwork/site preparation including foundation digging
• A combination of small/medium and large semi mature trees to create an instantly mature looking landscape.
• Mixed herbaceous borders to wrap the entire perimeter and provide year-round colour
• Solid tactile granite blocks will be incorporated into the borders to match the ‘Hope on the Horizon’ granite
• Four solid oak cantilevered benches to match the show garden
• Resin bound gravel paths to run level with all hard surfaces to allow disabled access around the entire grounds, making the garden truly accessible for all
• A large paved area within the reflective garden to create a seamless transition through the ‘Hope on the Horizon’ show garden.
• Two spun brass dome water features within the reflective garden. The soft and gentle sounds of flowing water will play a part in stimulating senses that may have been impaired following injury or sickness.
• A private garden/summer room to be used by recovering heroes, where they can relax in a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of the main Recovery Centre.
If you'd like to support our Heroes Garden Project you can donate online http://www.bmycharity.com/chavasse or Text GROW to 70900 to donate £5. You will be charged £5 plus your normal standard network rate. £5 will go directly to Help for Heroes. Telephone helpline: 01494 750500.