The Children with Cancer UK Strength of Humanity Garden, designed by Lush Gardens North East’s Ben Stubbs, aims to raise awareness of the impact of childhood cancer on young people and their families.
The outer planting is mostly dark using trees, under-planting and sculptures to represent the fear, strength, love and vulnerability families experience during diagnosis and treatment. Brighter coloured plants feature in the inner area to depict how the human spirit, especially in children, often shines through during intensely difficult times. The inner planting is more joyful with an ‘End of Treatment Bell’ sculpture at its centre to mark that hopeful moment when a child has finished their treatment and is ready to return to normal family life. The garden will also acknowledge in a tasteful way those children who sadly lost their battle with cancer with subtle features throughout.
This garden is inspired by one such child. A little girl who was always able to find a smile no matter what she was faced with. Her parents have been instrumental in the creation of this garden and the overall message is one of courage, strength, hope and above all else, love.