Project information

The Evergreen Project

To create a therapeutic garden to cater for the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of our patients, their carers, family and friends.

January 2011 - December 2011

Charity information

Princess Alice Hospice

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  • Need


    There are three main problems that we are trying to solve in addition to providing better facilities.
    There are no private areas for our patients to spend precious moments with their families in our garden.
    Access to the garden is only around the perimeter so our wheelchair-bound patients and those who are cachectic (severe muscle loss due to their disease) cannot get close to the plants and flowers.
    There are no raised beds for our patients to garden as a therapeutic, satisfying activity


    We will firstly provide more privacy in the garden. Small spaces with high hedges will provide shelter and privacy, with a trellis planted with roses being erected in front of patient bedrooms facing the open area of garden.
    We will create pathways through the garden for our patients to be able to smell the scented flowers and be closer to nature.
    We will provide raised beds for our patients, supported by volunteers, to grow flowers, herbs and fruit.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a therapeutic garden to include more privacy, better access, raised beds and much more.


    » More privacy. We will create four private areas with hedges providing shelter and seclusion for patients to have precious time with their family.
    » Better access. More pathways through the garden will allow our patients easier access to the flowers, trees and plants.
    » Raised beds. We will create six raised beds for our patients to grow herbs etc. as many of them cannot keep a garden at home due to their illness.
    » We will create a labyrinth, a meditative walk, which is proven to ease anxiety in 95% of patients. There will also be a meadow area with bees.

    Success will be measured by the increased use of the garden by patients and their family.

  • Impact


    Our nurses and counsellors will now have better facilities to offer our patients. Instead of having to be cooped up in a room there will be more variety of areas for our patients to use.


    This is a costly project and one that we have not entered into lightly. The initial idea was discussed over two years ago and only now is the project being brought to fruition. Wehave made a promise to our donors that we will not spend money recklessly and will only carry out the work that we have raised sufficient funds for. Therefore this project will be carried out in several phases.
    We have built a strong relationship with the garden designer who understands our funding requirements.


    As soon as the work on the new therapeutic garden begins, regular photographs will be taken by a volunteer. These will be posted on our website and donors directed, by email to view these updates. As soon as there are significant developments donors will be notified of these also.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £284,398

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      Amount Heading Description
      £34,046 Pathways Paths providing access through the garden
      £25,530 Privacy and Raised beds 4 secluded gardens for precious times with family and areas for our patients to be able to grow herb
      £32,307 Mixed planting, trees & hedges Giving colour and life to the garden and shielding the garden from the car park
      £26,212 Labyrinth A meditative walk to reduce stress and anxiety
      £18,187 River of flowers A feature of the garden bring much-needed colour with a bridge leading to the next section of garden
      £14,921 Avenue of trees Planted in front of the private spaces added extra seclusion
      £133,195 Other Water feature, perola and trellis, lawn, lighting and meadow planting with seating area at the far

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Major Donors £13,000 Guaranteed
    Event income £43,000 Guaranteed
    Campaign in retail shops £1,000 Guaranteed
    Community £7,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Princess Alice Hospice is located in Esher, Surrey, The patients who stay on our ward and attend our Day Hospice come from a wide radius - up to 14 miles. There are one and a half acres of grounds at the back of the building which currently are being underutilised for our patients. By creating this therapeutic garden, we will be able to extend the benefits to our patients, their family and friends. It is a boggy site and drainage is one of the issues we will overcome with this project.


    Over one million people live in our area of care and at any one time Princess Alice Hospice is supporting 800 patients. Many will use the facilities of our ward and Day Hospice. In addition to this we provide physiotherapy, occupational and complementary therapy, counselling and bereavement services and focus groups for carers and those suffering from breathlessness and fatigue.
    All will have access to the garden and over the course of one year 10,000 people will have passed through our doors.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    This project is individual to Princess Alice Hospice. We continue to strive to provide the best possible care for our patients and support to their family and friends. Within the Hospice building we have fantastic facilities but our grounds let us down a little. We are prudent with our funds which is why this project will be delivered in phases when the funding for each phase is in place. We are passionate about what we do and want to give our patients the best experience possible.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alison Rodgman

    Alison is the Senior Nursing Assistant who came up with the idea of improving our garden having taken on board the comments of many of our patients.

    Nicholas Woolf

    Nicholas is the Chairman and is passionate about care of the patient being at the forefront of all that we do.

    Julie Thomas

    Julie is the fundraiser responsible for securing the funds needed to bring this project to life.