The Sydenham site gardens look wonderful all year-round thanks to Gardening Volunteer, Belinda Boraston, and her team, but it’s in spring that they really come to life.
Belinda explains, “The garden is an important place for so many people at St Christopher’s. We are regularly given lovely compliments by patients, families and visitors saying how much they enjoy seeing the garden in bloom. People particularly like seeing the daffodils come out, and my proudest achievement here is ensuring that we have them for as long as possible for people to enjoy. Many of our patients don’t have the luxury of waiting until the next spring to see flowers so it means a lot to me to have flowers all year.
But they aren’t the only people who appreciate the gardens. Staff are often out here taking a few moments away from their demanding jobs or enjoying a few minutes of peace to concentrate their thoughts. It really is a place that everyone can enjoy.
We have been so lucky to have received various grants from OneStop, in partnership with Groundwork, the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association (MPGA) as well as individual and family donations, which have allowed us to really invest in the gardens to keep them looking lovely all year round.”
If you haven’t been into the gardens recently then, with the weather beginning to take a turn for the better, now is a great time to come out and see the tulips, roses and much more.