Horatio’s Garden is a place of tranquillity and beauty for patients at The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre. It is named in memory of Horatio Chapple.

Horatio’s Garden is now a wonderful, successful charity in its own right.

The idea for a garden at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre was adopted by SSIT and a fundraising appeal was launched in 2009. Originally called the Jubilee Garden, the idea was part of the centre’s 25th anniversary celebrations, and Horatio Chapple took a keen interest in the project, having conducted the research that helped to identify the patients’ need for a garden and inspiring outdoor space.

Following Horatio’s tragic death, and many generous donations made in his memory, the garden was renamed. Horatio volunteered at the spinal centre in his school holidays and had been inspired by the patients to study medicine.

Horatio’s Garden is now a separate and very successful national charity, and its future aim is to create beautiful gardens at other spinal centres in the UK.  A garden in Scotland opened in 2016 and plans are also well advanced for a garden at Stoke Mandeville.

To find out more about the Horatio’s Garden charity, visit its website at:


Horatio's Garden