Community Projects - Gardens
For many students a highlight of their time at KLC is the opportunity to work on real community projects and to use their new design skills in a transformational way.
Community projects can involve substantial exterior spaces and complex needs and so students usually work in design teams. These challenging projects range from outside spaces for hospitals, hospices, nature reserves to school playgrounds for children with a range of physical disabilities.
2017 - The Mulberry Centre is a charity that provides support for terminally ill patients, carers and the bereaved. They are hoping to extend the buildings and gardens to give the centre its own unique identity.
KLC Garden students responded to this brief with some outstanding holistic and sensitive designs.
2018 - The Royal Hospital of Neuro Disability turned to our garden students for the design of a courtyard at the rear of Haberdashers House that could be accessed via patient rooms or the communal areas.
2019 - The community project for the year was to redesign the outside area for the Autism Unit at Raynes Park High School which is an academically successful, mixed comprehensive on the outskirts of Inner London.
The school picked a winning design which was in the process of being costed when Covid hit.
2020 - The Chiltern Centre is a charity based in Henley on Thames that supports young people between the ages of 16 and 30 who have learning or physical disabilities or complex medical and health needs.
Students redesigned the front and rear areas integrating an unused area to meet the needs of residents and visitors. They are currently using these plans and visuals as part of their bid for funding the project.
2021 - The most recent challenge was to create gardens for St Anne’s School in Ealing for students with a variety of disabilities including complex autism, profound and multiple physical disabilities with sensory impairments and severe learning disabilities.
Students were asked to design four separate gardens, an area for pupils with autism where they can develop outdoor play and discovery; a garden for pupils who use wheelchairs and have sensory impairments; a green and welcoming entrance to the school which reflects their values and a restful private garden for staff.
We often collaborate with other organisations such as London Wildlife Trust on their Urban Nature reserves to make them more accessible or the Olympic Park to make more of some of the underutilised areas there.
KLC Gardens students have lent a helping hand at many key events and famous gardens such as The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, The Chelsea Flower Show, The Eden Project, Mottisfont, The Highline New York, and Great Dixter amongst others.