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The Grand Appeal Garden

Designer: Suzy Dean

Built By: Green Bear Landscaping

In Aid Of : The Grand Appeal

Who is this garden for? 
Families.

Where is the garden set? 
Rural Somerset​.

Who or what is the design inspiration?
The Grand Appeal garden pays homage to The Grand Appeal charity, who provide accommodation for families to stay when their child is in hospital. The garden draws inspiration from the idea of crafting a space where families can come together to play, explore, and bond.

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Further Detail

The Grand Appeal Garden invites visitors to embark on a journey of childlike exploration and discovery. Tucked within a serene woodland setting, a rustic cabin offers refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, welcoming families to immerse themselves in the untamed beauty of rural Somerset.

Established paths wind their way through the natural landscape, revealing hidden clearings and tempting adventurers to stray from the fixed routes and uncover the sights within. Minimal hard landscaping has been used in the garden, encouraging visitors to focus on the shade-loving planting, with graceful ferns and delicate blue and white blooms painting a picture of tranquillity and serenity.

This garden is dedicated to The Grand Appeal – the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children’s charity. Designed by a consultant with ties to the hospital, the hope is that this idyllic retreat will not only provide solace for visitors but also serve as a beacon of support for the invaluable work of the charity in aiding children facing serious illnesses and their families.

Sustainability 

  • Self binding gravel will allow water drainage. The oak sett path to the front of the garden is made from wood from sustainably managed forests and has sand pointing, again allowing water drainage.
  • Materials will be reused for future garden design projects.
  • The garden promotes the extensive use of trees and planting, with these prioritised over hard landscaped or lawn areas.

About the Designer

Suzy Dean

Suzy Dean, a Bristol-based garden designer and co-director of Ammil Garden Design studio, merges her career as a Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children with her passion for garden design. Completing a diploma in Garden Design at the Bristol Garden Design School in 2022, Suzy is dedicated to creating stunning, sustainability-minded gardens with Ammil Garden Design.

Their commitment to creating beautiful, sustainable designs is evident in projects like the Sensory Pocket Planting exhibit at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Festival. Inspired by this experience, Suzy is now creating a full show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, in aid of The Grand Appeal charity.

Suzy’s firsthand experience at the hospital drives her to leverage her design skills for a greater cause. By combining her medical expertise with her love for crafting beautiful outdoor spaces, she seeks to support The Grand Appeal in its mission to aid children facing serious illnesses and their families.

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