Muscular Dystrophy UK Forest Bathing Garden is a sanctuary for those affected by a muscle wasting condition. It seeks to showcase how an immersive, yet accessible garden can offer a place of refuge to patients, their families, and clinicians at the time of diagnosis and beyond.
The design of the garden is inspired by the ancient Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, which means bathing in the forest atmosphere and reconnecting with nature through our senses. The garden seeks to awaken imagination and innate connection to nature by bridging the gap between us and the natural world.The planting is inspired by a birch grove, with more than 40 trees enveloping the garden and creating a forest-like atmosphere. At the core of the garden is a central hub with sculptural flint walls. It provides a sheltered space for people to meet and share their experiences outside the clinical environment.
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The leading charity for over 60 muscle wasting and weakening conditions. For over 60 years, Muscular Dystrophy UK has been building a community of individuals living with muscle-wasting or weakening conditions, families and carers, scientists, health professionals, supporters, volunteers, and donors. Making advances that would have been unthinkable just ten years ago.
The garden will be relocated to the Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine in Oxford and will benefit not just the community of patients, clinicians and experts, but the general public too. MDUK has been funding science in Oxford for over 50 years. The garden will be located in the public gardens that surround the new research centre.
Head to the link below to find out more about the garden and the people involved in its creation and legacy.