Hellingly Centre is a medium secure unit. Patient-accessible gardens were created when the site was redeveloped in 2012.
The site occupies green land that was not previously accessible to the general public, nor easily to patients in the existing Low Secure Units or Medium Secure Units. By incorporating external areas into the secure design, patients have easier access to both relaxation and therapy gardens. Tree planting was undertaken by staff, contractors and patients.
A patient therapy garden planting is soon to be created and will form part of patient therapy sessions, with plants being provided for local planting by patients. A fallow area is also being provided by Therapy Space to enable allotments or further development of external space by patients under direction of the Occupational Therapy team.