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Accessible Oriental Oasis to be Unveiled at RHS Chelsea

Accessible Oriental Oasis to be Unveiled at RHS Chelsea

Groundbreaking Accessible Garden Experience Debuts in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show: May 21-25 2024.  The stand will be unveiled by Country File's Steve Brown on May 20.

Nimbus Disability, the Derby-based social enterprise run by disabled people for disabled people, has helped to create a pioneering and inclusive exhibit at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Nimbus is the company behind the Access Card which is the first accessible ticketing scheme of its type in the world - offering a universal and consistent way of disabled people evidencing and communicating their needs to providers quickly and discreetly. 

The team have supported and advised on the creation of the groundbreaking inclusive garden exhibit which has been designed by Paul Harris who runs the award-winning Brookfield Plants and built by Matthew Ball of B Ball Contractors and specialist disability design and build company Freedom Living Solutions who are all based in Kent.

The immersive exhibit aims to break down barriers and redefine accessibility in gardens promises a sensory feast for visitors with varied access requirements.

Wide, level pathways will ensure easy navigation for those requiring level access; whilst raised beds planted with carefully-curated sensory plants, alongside raised pond and water feature containing gloriously coloured Koi carp will add to the calming influence for all visitors and especially those with neurodiverse conditions such as autism or sensory processing disorders,

To add to the stand's inclusive environment, a descriptive commentary and enchanting sounds will further enrich the experience for visitors with visual impairments.

Nimbus Disability director of partnerships Mark Briggs PLY has been heavily involved with the design of the garden and discussion for its future.

He said:

"For too long, beautiful gardens and green spaces haven't been as accessible as they could be.

“This stand truly aims to change that and celebrate inclusivity by not only showcasing stunning design that caters to all access requirements but features that can have a lasting positive impact for disabled people."

Nimbus are also in discussions to secure a long-term legacy for the unique garden design which they hope will find a permanent home the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) in Nottinghamshire - offering a beautiful and therapeutic space for patients to enjoy.

The proposed garden's design incorporates features that encourage sensory stimulation, social interaction, and relaxation. These elements are well-documented to contribute positively to the physical and mental well-being of those recovering from trauma.

Centre director Miriam Duffy continued:

“We are incredibly excited by the generosity of the team behind the stand in considering this donation. This innovative garden would provide our patients with a beautiful and accessible sanctuary to support their rehabilitation journey.”

“This immersive garden has the potential to leave a lasting legacy for our patients, serving as a testament to the power of nature and its ability to aid healing and inspire an individual's recovery both physically and mentally. Our design team are looking at how best to locate the installation as we continue to build the centre.”

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