The Healing Gardens of Wellington

Over the last few years, students from Wellington College and Eagle House have been working hard to convert the old Health Centre garden behind the Apsley into a magnificent healing garden. There is a lot of work still to do but, this spring, there are signs that all the hard work is about to pay off as the project gradually comes to fruition.

It is one of those projects where the students have the opportunity to try things and, if it doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world, so it’s great for resilience.

The idea was first planted by Delyth Lynch, Deputy Head (Safeguarding), who suggested creating a space that the whole Wellington community could use for wellness and reflection. Nestled close to the Health Centre, some of the planting has been influenced by herbal remedies, the idea being that those recuperating could go and sit in the space. However, the hope is that this garden will be a space for everyone and, perhaps, in future, even a resource for the wider Crowthorne community.

Over the last few years, various groups of students have made ambitious plans and have come together on Wednesday afternoons to dig, decorate, plant, weed, and paint fences, much of the work led and overseen by Wellington Art teacher, Rachel Humphries, and Head Gardener, Mark Dodd.

Head of Global Citizenship, Rebecca Park, commented: “The idea is to have a space that anyone within the Wellington community can use. There was talk of using it for an outdoor cinema, or having yoga sessions there, but it is a project that will take time to develop. It is one of those projects where the students have the opportunity to try things and, if it doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world, so it’s great for resilience”.

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