After: The Pineapple Courtyard designed and built by Fairlight Hall Head Gardener, John Myers. Sponsored by the Kowitz Family Foundation.

Conquest 21 is transforming 21 courtyards at Conquest Hospital into beautiful gardens by 2021. It’s an ambitious two year project that will have a real impact on patients, visitors and staff, creating tranquil spaces that form a vital part of the fabric of the hospital. Gardens and gardening have a huge impact on health and well-being. Whilst more normally thought of as intimate private spaces attached to private households or formal gardens open to the public, they also play an important part in hospitals. The Kings Fund and World Health Organisation have both suggested green spaces can help support mental well-being and reduce physiological stress. We’re inviting prominent garden designers and professional horticulturists to redesign the courtyards and showcase their work. We will use their designs to build the gardens and our army of volunteers will maintain the gardens in the future.

The first of the courtyards renovated was the Fairlight Hall Garden sponsored by the Kowitz Family Foundation and designed and installed by RGB Kew Trained John Myers, Head Gardener of Fairlight Hall with the support of Sarah Kowitz. Now we are seeking more designers and plant people to create a representation of the gardens or within the remaining courtyards. We are also inviting garden enthusiasts to be part of this project. Joining the hospital grounds and garden volunteer team you’d be working closely with our on-site groundsmen to help build and maintain our designer gardens. You could work as little as one hour a week or as much as you wish. Many of the gardens will have been designed by leading garden designers and you’ll be following a blueprint supervised by our head gardener Some training will be provided if necessary. To volunteer call Head Gardener Andy Hawkins on 01424 755255 x8496

Sponsor a Courtyard We have some funds to turn the great designs we’ve already received into reality but sadly not enough. So we are giving sponsors a range of opportunities to be at the heart of the hospital. Sponsors can make a general donation or can apply to select a design or courtyard of their choice to support. Contact Mike at the Friends of Conquest Hospital on 07463793416. Donations would be hugely appreciated, every penny will buy more plants and materials.

You can donate online using the link below, or post a cheque made out to the Friends of Conquest Hospital, addressed to: Conquest 21 Garden Appeal, The Friends of Conquest Hospital, Conquest Hospital, The Ridge, St Leonard s on Sea, TN37 7RD.