The Cancer Research UK Legacy Garden

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  • Limestone paving is softened by a section of sapele wood planks made from a single tree, while the peeling bark from an impressive specimen of river birch (Betula nigra) is a planting scheme gem
  • Steel walling supports grass mounds contrast the formal planting, and provide a feeling of enclosure to the seating area of clay blocks made in Belgium

About the garden

The garden landscape is defined by two interlocking circles in a figure of eight, forming the symbol of infinity. They symbolise continuity and that progress is everlasting. Each new cancer research breakthrough inspires the next.

A serpentine water rill is the focus of the space. It connects the two halves of the garden. The source and destination of the water feature are obscured from view, creating an everlasting feature, fuelling infinite progress much like the legacy gifts left in Wills.

A timber boardwalk winds through the garden, appearing to float above the planting. It invites visitors to immerse themselves in the space and leads to a sunken seating area where visitors may sit awhile beside the specimen river birch trees.

A rich tapestry of bold drifts of flowering plants and a strong matrix of grasses feature. The scented, colourful and textural planting further enhances the sensory experience of moving through the garden.

The garden represents our legacy supporters and our researchers, who together will help to beat cancer for future generations.

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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.