The Friends Garden at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) was the first to be highlighted in a new series of Hidden Gardens from around the world on ITV‘s This Morning. Gardener Diarmuid Gavin visited the hospital to discover how a hidden garden provides a tranquil escape from hospital life.
The calm, contemporary roof garden, on the seventh floor of the Octav Botnar Wing was opened for staff use in August 2008. It is the creation of award-winning landscape designer Andy Sturgeon and Andy Budgen, of architect Spacelab and has areas for relaxing, socialising and eating.
The garden remember the two GOSH staff; Nazy Mozakka and Mala Trivedi, who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in London in July 2005. In consultation with family, friends and staff, words that best represented the personalities of Nazy and Mala were chosen. These words appear throughout the garden on planters, glazing and paving as well as appearing as a large feature wall in the garden.
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