Budding hospital garden designer flourishes at Chelsea

Release Date: 01/06/2022

Budding hospital garden designer flourishes at Chelsea

Youth volunteer Olivia Copley has devoted many hours of her time creating garden designs at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital for the dedicated children’s unit, Alice Ward. 

Olivia, aged 18, is currently studying for her Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) diploma, as well as completing a garden and planting design certificate prior to going to the University of Sheffield in September to gain a degree in landscape architecture.    

As a dedicated gardener, Olivia was thrilled to be able to attend the Chelsea Flower Show this year and meet so many of her gardening heroes. 

She was then featured on the BBC RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage with Angelica Bell, Nicky Chapman and being able to ask a question of gardening guru Carol Klein. 

Olivia said: “It was so exciting to attend Chelsea and to speak to so many incredible gardeners who have inspired me. I have certainly come away with lots of ideas and encouragement to make the garden on Alice Ward incredible.” 

The beautifully designed garden will see the introduction of many therapeutic features, including a covered canopy, woodland walk, bridge, vegetable patch, hornbeam trail, garden room and moon arches.  

Each carefully considered design feature provides a wealth of benefits to patients and families, from tranquil spots to observe nature, to rehabilitation zones and secluded weatherproof areas to host outdoor games and learning. 

Victoria Sugden, Charity Director, said: “We are so lucky to have a young, talented garden designer take on this project. We are sure that Olivia has many great things ahead of her and no doubt will be exhibiting in the future at Chelsea.  

“Olivia has really emersed herself in what would work for our patients best and we are so grateful to her.” 

You can see Olivia on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at 38:23, here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0017p5l/rhs-chelsea-flower-show-2022-episode-10 

If you would like to make a donation towards the garden, please visit the dedicated fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/gardenforalice  

For more information on the appeal, you can contact the team directly by: 

Or alternatively you can follow RJAH Charity on social media for updates: 

  • Facebook: @rjahcharity 
  • Instagram: @rjah_charity 
  • Twitter: @RjahCharity 


Photo caption [from left to right]: Television presenter Nicky Chapman; gardening expert Carol Klein; Olivia and Jenny Copley; and television presenter Angelica Bell at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 



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