Charity Meningitis Now is hoping to grow awareness of the disease by creating a dramatic garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.
The Meningitis Now Futures Garden, is designed by Chelsea and Tatton Park gold medal-winning designer and landscaper John Everiss. It is inspired by the ‘spirit and energy of families whose lives have been irrevocably changed by the disease’.
According to the charity, the garden is set in a Cotswold-country setting to reflect the its Gloucestershire-based roots. It will feature a Greek-themed folly as its centrepiece with a seat inscribed with the organisation’s ‘Believe and Achieve’ message.
Four young meningitis survivors recently had their images captured by 3D scanner and these will be turned into the laminated cedar-wood statues that will feature in the garden. A fifth statue depicts a life lost to the disease.
John Everiss said: “The sculptures will ‘travel’ across the garden, depicting lives changed and a life different to the one expected.
“They will celebrate the courage, determination and positive outlook of these young people who have faced up to and overcome the consequences of this devastating disease.
“It was a pleasure to meet these inspirational young people and I look forward to working with them to further develop our vision for this garden.”