We are delighted to open a Garden of Reflection at Haven House, a stunning private refuge for children, families and staff.

Created by award-winning garden designer Thomas Hoblyn and landscaping company Stewart Landscapes, our new 300mgarden includes a series of boardwalk-style pathways, benches, and a sculpture. The garden is a haven for wildlife, and with each season new plants will bloom for visitors to enjoy.

The opening was officiated by Hoblyn, alongside our children, parents, staff and special guests. Parents Aasam and Mariam Alim were part of initial conversations regarding the plans for the space as their late child Aiza was cared for by Haven House. Aiza was diagnosed with a rare metabolic condition, and started using Haven House when she was a year old and continued to use our services for more than 14 years. The couple’s long-term involvement in this project made their role as ribbon cutters even more poignant.

Aasam said:

“There is something special and enchanting about this new space that offers something for everyone.  For us, it will be a reminder of our little girl. Although Aiza is no longer with us, we know how much she liked nature and being outside. She would smile at the sound of a bird singing, flinch at the first drop of rain and then smile to herself.  She would have loved sitting in this space and getting a sensory overload.  This beautiful corner of the hospice offers a space to connect emotionally, spiritually and be at one with yourself, your family and friends. You can experience the benefits through just being silent.”

The stimulating space will be utilised for life-enriching therapy sessions such as music and yoga, as well for play, story time, picnics and relaxation - all with the light dappling through the trees. Whilst many people may take for granted the simple pleasure of being able to enjoy a garden, for children with a life-limiting condition, their siblings and families, the chance to spend time together outdoors and away from a clinical setting is precious.

The garden was made possible thanks to the passion and generosity of all those involved, including Greenfingers Charity, Clarins UK, The Postcode Lottery, Evergreen Garden Care, Taylors Bulbs, Toolbank, Bridgman, AMES UK, Scotscape Landscaping, Smart Garden and The Solar Centre who together donated funds, bulbs, garden equipment, benches, compost, lighting and their own time to help the scheme reach completion.

Siân Wicks, CEO of Haven House, added:

“Our new garden is just the most special place where the children and their families, as well as our staff, can be immersed in nature as well as entertained by all the incredible wildlife it attracts. Importantly we now have a beautiful place for peaceful reflection - for those who wish to come back to remember. Thank you so much to Greenfingers, to Tom and to the whole host of people involved in creating this garden for all of us at Haven House – we know it will be enjoyed for many generations to come.”