The Gift of Life on display at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival
A special garden has been designed for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s Organ Donation Committee to promote giving the gift of life.
The Organ Donation Garden, designed by award winning landscape architect Ruth Gwynn and her husband Rupert Keys from Keyscape Gardens in Pershore, will ask visitors to consider becoming an organ donor.
The garden will be on show at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Malvern Spring Festival from 7 to 10 May 2015.
Transplants depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families who are willing to make this life-saving gift to others. To decide whether or not to become an organ donor is something very personal and it is important that everyone comes to their own decision.
The Organ Donation Garden promotes the choice of joining the register with two paths navigating the feature; one featuring joyous, uplifting planting to represent the positive choice of signing up and the other becoming increasingly closed and narrow.
The main planting theme echoes the NHS Blood and Transplant colours - blue and red. These colours have been used to accent the garden along with heart-shaped leaves on many of the chosen plants.
Emma Lawson, Specialist Nurse - Organ Donation said "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to promote the gift of organ donation. We are hoping to increase the number of people signing up to the donor register throughout the event. We are very grateful for all the support we have received from the organisations involved."
The garden has been sponsored by the Organ Donation Committee, the Royal Horticultural Society, Keyscape Design and Construction Ltd, Ruth Gwynn, Readyhedge, Allen Fabrications and James Coles Nurseries.
Ruth and Rupert's garden last year, designed to raise awareness of living with Parkinson's, was given a silver-gilt flora award by the RHS judges.
Visit www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/malvern-spring-festival for more information about the festival.
Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk to sign up to the organ donor register online.