The garden is inspired by the double helix structure of a DNA molecule, which represents the way in which all living forms are connected to each other. DNA is a chemical that carries genetic information. It contains all the instructions that a living organism needs to grow, reproduce and function. Researching DNA is central to the work of Animal Health Trust and the double helix structure within the garden represents that organisation’s scientific research. It appears as a ribbon-like structure hidden behind a veil of trees that goes on to form all the main elements of the garden including a boardwalk, arch, pavilion and bench. Surprise and intrigue lie within.
The surrounding garden is a verdant space, full of texture and movement. An understated palette of flowering plants made up predominantly of grasses provides a calming space.