In May this year, RHS multi-award-winning Hampshire garden designer, Sarah Eberle, took on a new challenge – to design her first charity and artisan garden at the Chelsea Flower Show for national breast cancer support charity, The Haven. The challenge paid off, with Sarah successfully scooping both Gold and the People’s Choice Award for her efforts. This week, Sarah will start to recreate the Breast Cancer Haven Garden at the new Wessex Haven in Titchfield, Hampshire.  

Landscape architect, Sarah Eberle, commented:

“The intention after Chelsea was always to recreate the garden at its new home in Wessex. It’s certainly an added bonus that it’s now a multi-award-winning garden.”

Centred around Tom Hare’s willow woven oak leaf ‘nest’, inspired by The Haven’s uplifting and reassuring support programme, the Breast Cancer Haven Garden takes its motivation from Haven centres – places of embrace, reassurance and care. Each regional Haven - based in London, Hereford and Leeds – provides entirely free complementary therapies such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, and massage, along with emotional, nutritional and financial counselling.

Sarah adds:

“In its permanent home at The Wessex Haven, the garden will be an extension of the services provided inside the building. I really hope that people will use the garden as a space to be with others or reflect alone; a place to connect with nature and relax in comfort.”

Sarah – who donated her own time to bring the Breast Cancer Haven Artisan garden to life at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show - previously won nine gold medals at RHS Shows, including a Best in Show title at both Chelsea and Hampton Court, two George Cooke Medals for Design Innovation, as well as being named the British Association of Landscape Industries Grand Award Winner in 2007, exhibiting gardens in New Zealand, Singapore and Japan.

Pamela Healy OBE, CEO of The Haven, said:

“To be accepted to exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show was a huge milestone for The Haven as it gave us the opportunity to showcase our free breast cancer support service to an international audience.  We couldn’t have imagined winning one, never mind two, awards and we are indebted to Sarah for capturing our service in such a visual and sensory form. We’re so excited to see the garden re-developed at our Wessex Haven, where our service users and guests can enjoy it for many years to come.”

For more information about The Haven, please visit www.thehaven.org.uk.

Image attached: Sarah Eberle seated on the Breast Cancer Haven Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Picture credit: John Watts ENDS-

For further media information about The Haven please contact Victoria Sowerby via victoria@clearsilver.co.uk  or call 0113 307 5900/07968 732630

Editor’s Notes

Sarah Eberle

An Honouree Doctor of Design with eight years’ experience as Hillier Landscape’s Design Director, and an extremely successful self-built business behind her, Sarah Eberle is a multi-award winning garden designer, and will be donating her own time to bring the Breast Cancer Haven Artisan garden to life at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Sarah has previously won nine gold medals at RHS Shows, including a Best in Show title at both Chelsea and Hampton Court, two George Cooke Medals for Design Innovation, as well as being named the British Association of Landscape Industries Grand Award Winner in 2007, exhibiting gardens in New Zealand, Singapore and Japan.

Sarah’s work is based on Fusion style, with her skills focused on a blend of contemporary, but innovative garden design and landscaping.

Tom Hare

With a background in ceramics and a love for the woodland, it was at first the lure of coppicing fresh material that ignited an obsession with weaving. Tom’s recent work has been largely scaling and magnifying botanical detail, interpreting seeds, fungi and wild flowers into woven observations.

Tom has previously created sculpture for The Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, Wakehurst Place, RHS Wisley, The National Arboretum Westonbirt, Oslo Botanical Garden, MGM Las Vegas and Macau.

The Haven

  1. The Haven provides, completely free of charge, a wide range of therapies which help people deal with the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer. Specialist nurses and experts in nutrition, exercise and emotional support provide tailor-made programmes for each Visitor. No referral is necessary.
  1. The Haven programme provides a unique model of care that is fully integrated with hospital medical treatment. It is a global leader in its field and cancer specialists from all over the world visit Havens and learn from them.
  1. Help is also available through the website – thehaven.org.uk ; an outreach programme, including many of the support centres’ elements, is available to anyone who can’t get to one of the Havens.
  1. The Haven does not receive any government funding so is entirely dependent on charitable donations and fundraising events to raise funds.  It costs around £1000 to provide the Haven programme for each Visitor and the care and support make a huge difference to their lives at a difficult time.
  1. There are three Havens in the UK:

The Haven, Effie Road, London SW6 1TB.

T 020 7384 0099, F 020 7 384 0001

The Haven, 37 St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2JB.

T 01432 361 061, F 01432 361062

The Haven, 4-5 The Gateway West, Leeds LS9 8DA.

T 0113 284 7829

  1. Two new Havens will open in 2015 and 2016
  • The Wessex Haven opens in October.
  • The Haven, in partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, will open within the Breast Unit at Worcester Hospital in January