The Macmillan Legacy Garden

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A circular, rhythmic garden inspired by lifecycles and the ever-moving energy within them. Plants at different growth stages represent the fluctuations of human life. The fragility, strength, perfection and imperfection of life are woven into the design, culminating in the Legacy Seat, which captures all of these themes.
As a fundamental element of life, the form and properties of water feature in the design. Ripples and reflection illustrate the message that energy is forever flowing, from past to future.

At a glance:

Who is this garden for? 
Visitors of a public garden.
Where is the garden set?  
A south-facing garden in the UK
Who or what is the design inspiration?
Lifecycles and their rhythm and water as a vital enabler to all life.

The garden, for Macmillan Cancer Support, encourages visitors to consider how they can make a lasting legacy that will make a difference to people affected by cancer for future generations to come.

Key sustainability points:

  • The garden is designed with minimal construction to reduce the carbon footprint during project build
  • The entire garden can be repurposed ensuring we have minimal waste at breakdown
  • The environmental cost of transportation will be reduced with the garden going to one local destination

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.