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Samaritans' Listening Garden

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Samaritans works to make sure there's always someone there for anyone who needs someone. Samaritans volunteers spend over one million hours listening to people who are finding life difficult and are available 24/7, 365 days a year, for free. In 2023, the charity celebrates its 70th anniversary.

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Garden Rehoming

Where can you visit this garden after the Show?

An edited version of the garden toured various festivals during the summer following RHS Chelsea. Elements of the garden will help create permanent gardens at Samaritans branches in Taunton, Truro and Plymouth, and plants and other elements will be used at several other Samaritans sites across the UK.

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“My ambition for the garden was always to encourage conversations about mental health and to create an understanding of the importance of listening to someone struggling to cope or at risk of suicide. Ultimately, I wanted the garden to be a place of hope and sanctuary and a reflection of the life-saving work Samaritans undertake every day.” Darren Hawkes, Garden Designer

Tom Stuart-Smith
Garden Designer