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Shore Leave Haslar: Horticultural Therapy in an Historic Garden (Event from 2021)


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The Memorial Gardens, Haslar Hospital, Haslar Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2AA

A chance to explore the Haslar Memorial Garden and learn about the work which goes on behind the scenes to offer horticultural therapy to Tri-Service Veterans…

This beautiful and peaceful garden has both historic and contemporary aspects. In former years, it was a cemetery for the hospital, so there are some very interesting graves to discover and, since the hospital closed, many memorial trees have been planted, some of which are quite unusual.

You’ll see how the Veterans grow vegetables and flowering plants from seed and nurture them to maturity. One of their specialities is chillies. New projects are introduced each year. For example, last year saw the new fruit cage and a gourd arch, whilst this year offers the new bee enclosure. With the greenhouses full of delicious produce, this certainly is an example of just how edible England can be when you have green fingers…

The trees create wonderful canopies, and the flower beds are just a delight to the eyes and nose. You can also wander in the wildflower meadow and the paddock beyond, or just sit and soak up the serenity of this space.

They’ll be plants, produce and crafts for sale, as well as hot and cold beverages, cake and biscuits to enjoy before heading off home, having learnt more about horticultural therapy and the benefits of being in nature.

Duration allow approx 45 mins, or up to 2 hours, depending on your interest.


Please note that this is an event from 2021



No booking required



As this is a parkland area, please be aware it is not entirely even underfoot. Suitable footwear is advised. Blue Badge parking only on the roadway, please. Entry through the green pedestrian gates on Haslar Road. On No 11 bus route.

Partially accessible parking Accesible parking Mobility impaired refreshments Service dogs welcome rest stops family friendly


COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.


Dogs welcome on leads.


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MAP/DIRECTIONS (approximate)

To avoid congestion on Haslar Road please try to use the car park which is accessed through the old hospital main gate. We will have the parking signposted to the Building 80 car park within Haslar. Only those with a disabled badge should park on the roadway. Entry through the green pedestrian gates on Haslar Road. It is on the No 11 bus route.