Conquest 21 : Hospital courtyard renovations


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Conquest 21 is a project to restore and reinvigorate the 21 Courtyards of Conquest Hospital. The hospital was originally designed around 21 courtyards as it is believed that open spaces, nature and fresh air help with patient recovery and improve the morale and energy of the medical staff working there. The design of Conquest Hospital was enlightened for its time and proved very popular. Sadly, over the decades, due to funding constraints the gardens were slowly left unattended and gradually fell into disuse. Many are now completely closed.

The project was started by the Kowitz Family Foundation of Fairlight Hall who have restored the first garden and started on a second. We’ve also attracted a number of local professional garden designers who have offered complimentary designs. The Friends are providing the labour and we have assembled a team of volunteer gardening enthusiasts to help with the building and maintenance of each courtyard who will work under the supervision of the Trust’s Gardening Team.

We do need funding, for gardening tools for the volunteers, for plants and materials and for some of the bigger courtyards building materials. If you would like to support us you can donate in general to the project or select a specific garden or part of a garden. We will do our best to accommodate “in memoriam” gifts too. Organisations may wish to take on or adopt a complete garden and we can discuss sponsorship and naming rights possibilities.

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An estimate which may change as the work unfolds

We have now completed the first Garden; The Pineapple garden designed and built by John Myers, head Gardener of Fairlight Hall. We have designed the Special Care Baby Unit Courtyard and have all the materials ready to start work. This will begin as soon as the pandemic allows. We have two amazing designs, one for MacDonald Ward, which will be a secluded garden for elderly and frail patients, and one for Benson Ward which includes beautiful secluded seating around a pond setting. We are actively fundraising for these two courtyards. MacDonald Ward needs extra funds as we wish to create a new entrance off the ward itself to allow for the elderly patients in their care to access the garden safely and securely. This will unfortunately push up the initial budget but it is essential.

We have a number of designers working on other courtyards and our plan is to show the designs here and keep you updated. So please do come back and visit this page to see how we are getting on.

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