B.R.I – Cots for Tots Gromit Garden

Cots for Tots Gromit Garden

The Brief and my Design

I was approached by the Cots for Tots Appeal who provide a house for the BRI neonatal unit for sick and premature babies. They had a garden area but it was never used as it was overgrown and neglected. They wanted a garden where the parents and siblings of the babies could go and relax, in what was a very stressful time in their lives.

The challenge was not only to re-design the garden but do so on a very tight budget. This was a very exciting project, as the final part of the build would be undertaken over one weekend with a group of volunteers from Lloyds banking.



The space they had before

Here is my design concept


The groundwork was undertaken by myself and any parents of the babies that I could coax out of the house to help me! Seating areas were created around two sides of the property. 

Here I am doing a spot of painting                                                                   

Some of these bankers just can’t leave the office!

I designed a curious looking Gromit inset in a bricked up window on the boundary wall. It was my first attempt at Bristol Street Art and added a bit of humour to the garden.

“We are so grateful to the team at Lloyds TSB and Lee for all the hours of work they have put in”   A. Clements

It was very rewarding and it was all hands on deck for the final weekend.

Tots for Cots were delighted with the end result, including the creator of Wallace and Gromit Nick Park who attended the official opening.