Project information

Improving our Urban Garden

We wish to revitalise our main garden, create raised beds and wide shady paths that can be accessed by wheelchair users and hospital beds. We want a sensory garden that will provide an outlet for the patients and relatives visiting the hospice, many of whom have no access to gardens at home.

February 2011 - May 2011

Charity information

St Joseph's Hospice

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  • Need


    Due to the urban setting in the East End of London, St Joseph's Hospice has limited outside space. We know how much people value access to the outside space, and want this area to match the high quality available throughout the rest of the hospice. We wish to provide facilities further and encouraging patients to spend more time off the wards. We need to provide a welcoming space that better fits the physical needs of those living with a life-limiting illness.


    By providing a sensory garden that includes wide pathways and raised flower beds, we will enable more patients to access the gardens. We know that when patients are well enough, spending time away from the wards is an essential element in maintaining independence and quality of life. The new garden combined with the completion of the new (fully funded) garden room will ensure that we can offer the best level of services to patients at a time when they need it most.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Redevelop the existing garden and recalim unused space around the hospice grounds.


    » Commission a designer to create a sensory garden and create new easy access facilities around the garden

    Success will be completing the garden in time for Summer 2011 and havng more patients coming off the wards to use the new facilities

  • Impact


    The hospice as a whole is moving away from a 'pyjama culture' by developing new communal places around the hospice to provide an opportunity for patients and relatives to get off the ward if appropriate. We exist to offer high quality care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses and this involves ensuring that people are treated as individuals and are given options and as much choice as possible about their care and how they spend their time.


    Risks around the fountain and floor surfaces in the garden have been assessed and will be addressed in the brief for the contractor.

    Risks around patient health will be addressed by patients being accompanied by relatives or ensuring that a Health Care Assistant is monitoring the garden facilities.


    We are happy to report on a monthly basis during the construction of the garden. Thereafter we can report on a six monthly basis about use of the garden and feedback from patients and relatives. We would welcome visits from funders at any stage of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Landscaping Hard Landscaping
      £12,000 Landscaping Soft Landscaping
      £4,000 Access Installing new ramps
      £5,000 Finish Garden Fittings
      £8,000 Safety Installing 'sure step' finish
      £2,000 Environment Water feature relocation
      £8,900 VAT VAT
  • Background


    St Joseph's Hospice's catchment area covers some of the poorest areas in the UK. With social deprivation and poor housing continuing to be a real problem for local residents offering high quality services and a safe and caring environment is an essential part of our mission. We were founded ‘to offer to the poor what the rich can afford to pay for’ and a high quality easy access garden will enable this.


    All inpatients, their relatives and friends will directly benefit from access to the hospice gardens. As well as this attendees of our Day Hospice and those attending physiotherapy rehabilitation sessions, bereavement counselling or respite care will have access to the outdoor facilities. We estimate the project benefitting over 2,500 people each year.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    St Joseph's Hospice has been pioneering palliative care for over 100 years. From day one our staff have treated people with dignity and respect. We do our utmost to treat each person as unique responding to their idividual needs, be that in the hospice or when being supported at home.
    As well as an impeccable track record we also have a dedicated multi-disciplinary team who excel in delivering excellent care and support to all of those who are referred to us.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Marina Phillips

    Deputy Chief Executive. Marina will draw on her experience overseeing a number of building projects at the hospice.