(Photo: Sarah Jackson)
Trinity’s gardens were designed by John Medhurst, based on plans drawn up by American landscape architect Lanning Roper, who in 1982 had offered to design the gardens but sadly died before he could finish the job. John Medhurst took up the mantle and incorporated many of Lanning Roper’s ideas.
Little of the garden pre-dates 1983 (when Medhurst finished his work) except hedges and trees, notably a purple beech planted in 1981 by the late Queen Mother. An old mulberry, a plane, horse chestnut and a swamp cypress give maturity to the garden, while cherries add colour. The trees are protected by preservation orders and have to be carefully maintained.
The garden covers just under two acres. At the far end is a pond stocked with goldfish. A sculpture, Four Open Horizontal Squares,
by George Rickey, sits in the pond, moving in the wind with the slightest breeze.
A new in-patient centre opened in 2009, making more work necessary on the garden to fit around the new buildings. The newer parts of the garden were designed by T.P. Bennett. They are intended to be viewed from both the upper and lower levels of the centre, with steep slopes of shrubs and herbaceous planting falling towards the building.
The in-patient centre and gardens were officially opened in July 2009 by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall. A weeping cherry, planted to mark the occasion, sits in the middle of one of the lawns, adding lovely spring flowers to the gardens. In 2012, 2015 and 2016 the garden won London Gardens Society Hospice Garden Plate.