The Cancer Research UK Legacy Garden

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The Cancer Research UK Legacy Garden is a peaceful and immersive space designed to celebrate people who leave a gift in their Will. These gifts help to fund vital life-saving research. The garden brings the important relationship between supporters and science to life through two halves.

The journey into the garden begins with an immersion into colourful planting, which represents people who have pledged a gift in their will to Cancer Research UK. A pergola provides a shaded place for visitors to sit, reflect and view the garden. Patterns of plants used in cancer treatments create the back screen and roof.

The transition to the other side of the garden is through a circular moon gate. This research side of the garden is enclosed and shaded and the planting is predominantly white, reflecting the clinical nature of research. Many of the plants featured in the garden have a connection with cancer. Chemicals from some of the plants in the garden have been tested for their anti-cancer properties while others have led to drugs that are in use today treating cancer.

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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.