The Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester, Chavasse VC House, took a group of wounded, injured and sick veterans and loved ones on a trip to the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Hyde Hall as part of its monthly Garden Photography workshop. The spectacular gardens in Chelmsford, Essex provided the perfect setting for the budding photographers who have been learning specialist techniques from Garden World Images a world-renowned supplier of quality horticultural/botanical rights-managed images.
The group are now busily selecting their favourite images which will be put on display at the RHS visitor centre in May for people to enjoy as well as to understand more about individual recovery journeys.
Garden Photography has proved to be a popular activity at the Colchester Recovery Centre ever since garden designer Matt Keightley’s 2014 award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden Hope on the Horizon was planted there. Since then serving personnel, veterans and loved ones of all ages have been able to use the private space to meditate, relax and, as our photographers have proved, learn new skills.
Fiona Watt, a Help for Heroes Band of Sister member and a regular on the workshop explains why:
“The Heroes Garden provides so many angles, depth and inspiration that it really lends itself to photography sessions. With each season there are new plants to capture and I feel more relaxed after spending a few hours immersed in the garden. It was great to be able to take what we have been learning in the Heroes Garden and expand that to a bigger playing field at RHS Hyde Hall.”
If you are a wounded, injured or sick service personnel, veteran or a loved one of a wounded hero then Help for Heroes can support you. To find out how, please contact the Colchester Recovery Centre on 01206 814886.