Chelsea Flower Show 2020

A garden for Norton House.

Chelsea Flower Show 2020

A garden for Norton House.

The SSAFA Garden supported by CCLA

SSAFA are delighted to announce that we have been successful, along with Amanda Waring, Catfoot Garden Design, in applying for a “SSAFA Garden” at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2020. Kindly supported by CCLA, the garden has been designed to reflect the rehabilitation journey of those staying at SSAFA’s Norton House Stanford Hall. After the Chelsea Flower Show, the garden will be transported to Norton House for all to enjoy, as part of the planned development of the larger garden there.

The garden has been cleverly designed by Amanda to offer a quiet, secluded space within the larger garden, providing a place for calm and respite which is fully accessible for the families, and their serving loved ones who are receiving treatment. Inspired by our natural environment, the garden reflects the stages on the rehabilitation journey. The rhythm of different levels and the order of linear shapes creates an uplifting, reflective space.

This garden offers a place of sanctuary for visitors to sit and enjoy. The raised, covered patio provides an enclosed feeling where the healing process can take place. The reflective water feature and layered planting will help to restore and lift the spirit during the journey of rehabilitation and the tonal colours of the porcelain, timber and copper planters reflect the traditions of the military. Layers of colours sitting within the floral planting of dark blue, bronze, light blues, grey, greens and whites, represent the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.


Garden designed by Amanda Waring

Amanda has won Silver-Gilt Medal at RHS Chatsworth 2018, Gold Medal at RHS Hampton Court 2016, Silver-Gilt Medal at RHS Tatton 2015 and Gold Medal at RHS Tatton 2014 as well as Best Show Garden.

Amanda qualified in 1998 from Brackenhurst College in Garden Design and Construction and also passed her RHS certificate at the same time, and she graduated from the Pickard School, London in 2013 with a Diploma in Garden Design. 


Norton House

SSAFA’s Norton House Stanford Hall offers free, safe and supportive accommodation for families while their loved one is treated at the nearby Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.

The new home benefits from tranquil, green countryside views and an extensive garden. In addition to several accessible bedrooms, the communal kitchen and sitting room provide bright, welcoming areas to relax. Families find mutual support within these areas and spacious rooms enable families to enjoy quality time together. The goal is not only to provide free accommodation. Ultimately, we give patients the peace of mind that their loved ones are safe and supported as they undertake their own journey towards recovery.

Having opened the facility in September 2018, 902 people have stayed at the house, including 145 children. The garden is the last area of the project we need transform, ensuring we can make this accommodation accessible for all.  We have designed this lovely garden with a rural aspect to ensure that there are areas of quiet contemplation and spaces for families and children to let off steam.

If you would like to find out more about Norton House - including arranging a stay for those with a loved one undergoing treatment at the DMRC - then please visit this page.

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It costs over £200,000 per year to keep this vital service open. As part of the next steps for 2020 SSAFA are committed to improving the garden to make it more accessible and offering a quiet secluded space which provides respite for the families, friends and patients staying at Norton House.

If you would like to donate towards Norton House, Stanford Hall, please click here.