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The Macmillan Cancer Support Legacy Garden

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Did you know...

  • The Derbyshire fossil limestone paving forms a central focal point of the garden, and comes from a quarry within the Chatsworth Estate
  • The paving is a fractured design, representing the ups and downs of cancer and how a cancer diagnosis affects people's lives; this is continued around the garden with the border edges and the larger boulders set into the planting
  • Planting is a crucial part of the garden. Centred around an old oak tree (symobilising the tree of life and longevity) the garden features meadow plants, along with oak saplings and meadow turf. The 'meadow' suggests that the garden has been left to itself and to grow wild, while the oak saplings and seedlings are reflective of the legacy that can grow from the garden's central oak

About the garden

The Macmillan Cancer Support Legacy Garden is a place of contemplation and reflection taking its inspiration from the work of the charity and highlighting the importance of legacy-giving in allowing its important work to continue.

A large oak tree rises up from broken paving and represents strength and resilience. It is surrounded by large boulders, which speak of the chaos that cancer may cause. A large mirrored panel reflects the area surrounding the garden and the onlookers into the garden as well as the garden out into the world. Smaller oak saplings and seedlings are woven through mixed perennial planting which evolves to become lush meadow, as if the garden is self seeding, its momentum growing and creating its own legacy.

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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.