RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

The Over The Wall Garden, Supported by Takeda and Created by Award Winning Garden Designer Matthew Childs Unveiled at RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival

Step over the wall to a future of new possibilities in a garden inspired by the inspirational work of Over The Wall and Takeda who aim to improve the lives of children with rare and serious illness.

We’re excited to announce the unveiling of the Over The Wall Garden, supported by Takeda at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival running from 4th-9th July. With 1 in 10 children* in the UK living with a serious illness and 100,000 children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, the garden aims to take visitors on a journey, asking them to step over the wall to discover a world of new possibilities.

“We are committed to raising awareness of the challenges that children living with rare and serious illnesses and their families face and are really proud to have worked with Over The Wall Children’s Charity, one of our long-term charity partners, and Matthew Childs to make this garden a reality,” said Lisa Timothy, UK External Affairs Director at Takeda. “With the number of children with chronic health conditions raising each year, it is important to increase awareness and provide a positive voice. By supporting the initiation and design of this garden we hope to increase understanding of what it’s like to live with a rare or serious illness and to inspire hope for a brighter future.”

Step Over The Wall

The circular garden invites visitors to literally step ‘over the wall’ and enter an uplifting, joyful space where a winding path leads to a sunrise opening which symbolises new possibilities. On the way visitors pass vivid planting which references the colours of Over The Wall’s Brilliance Beads (awarded to children who attend their camps) – orange for support, green for courage, purple for fun, yellow for positivity, pink for creativity and blue for teamwork – and elements of Japanese aesthetic representing Takeda’s Japanese heritage. Linking to this, the garden will be unveiled to the uplifting beats of Japanese drummers, at the press opening on Monday 4th July, whilst a Calligrapher is on hand to capture inspirational messages during the festival on Thursday and Saturday.

Over The Wall

“As a charity we champion the voices of these children and their families, and we encourage them to reach beyond the boundaries of their illness to discover a world of possibilities and it is this idea of exploring and discovering new possibilities which is the inspiration for this garden. Children living with serious illnesses often face stigma and isolation and through improving understanding, the garden aims to draw attention to the work we do at our residential and virtual camps which allow campers to discover a world of mischief, magic and new possibilities. We support children and their families to thrive not just survive and this garden is the perfect expression of that.” said Over The Wall CEO, Kevin Mathieson.

Matthew Childs Design

The garden has been designed by Matthew Childs Design, an award-winning garden design studio with a diverse range of exciting landscapes both in the UK and internationally. Matthew commented, “our studio believes in the power of gardens to have huge benefits for mental and physical wellbeing and the starting point for all our projects is the ethos that ‘Gardens are for people’ coined by landscape architect Thomas Church. With the needs, aspirations, and enjoyment of people at the heart of our landscape designs we have seen first-hand how people then protect, nurture and maintain that landscape. We’ve been inspired by the children and families supported by Over The Wall and Takeda, and hope the garden helps bring awareness, and champions their voices.”

Visit the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival website to find out more about the garden and visiting information.

If you would like to and are able to support Over The Wall on a regular basis or make a one-off donation, please use the links below.

* Chronic Conditions in Children and Young People: Learning from the Administrative Data, UCL Institute of Child Health 2016. Accessed June 2022.
** Make Every Child Count, University of York 2020. Accessed June 2022.
*** Rare Disease UK. What is a rare disease? www.raredisease.org.uk/what-is-a-rare-disease/. Accessed June 2022.