The Path To Good Medicine

by themedicinegardencobham in Downside

We did it
On 11th October 2013 we successfully raised £6,072 with 67 supporters in 42 days

The Medicine Garden is a not-for-profit community garden project based in Cobham, Surrey. We would like to raise enough funds to complete a path that allows visitors to better experience the nurturing simplicity of this lovely space and really connect with our philosophy of good medicine. By getting involved you will help make the garden a lasting place in the community for generations to come.

by themedicinegardencobham in Downside

The path will be completed in time for our Summer Party on September 1st, but we still need to pay for it. So please dig deep Smile 

Photostitch of TMG

Back in 2006, I discovered a derelict and overgrown walled garden, built around 1850, it was originally the kitchen garden for Cobham Park. I instantly fell in love with it, but only had two weeks to put together a proposal to try and win the 40-year-old lease. Sitting around a kitchen table, a couple of friends and I came up with a seed of an idea – a destination where people could be inspired, slow down and nurture themselves. Much to our surprise, we won the lease.

It took four years to clear the site, repair the walls and rebuild the old sheds. During this time our idea grew, took shape and became The Medicine Garden – a place of beauty where people could come together in community to relax, to play and to take home a piece of ‘good medicine’ from every visit. Part of our vision was to attract and support a community of small, like-minded businesses, housed in and around the courtyard. Renting out these spaces would help part-fund ongoing renovations and bring even more good medicine into the site.

In June 2010, we opened to the public with a simple garden design, a garden shop, a corner for garden artefacts, a small workshop, and a café. It was a really emotional day for us all.

So, here we are three years later ready to reveal the overall idea and vision for the project. The main garden design is based on an eight-pointed compass or wheel design. At each direction, we have planted a tree. Each one offers a piece of ‘good medicine’ to raise our awareness of, deepen our understanding of and bring more fully into our lives and our work. They are:

Courage, Vitality, Inspiration, Stillness, Wonder, Focus, Nourishment, and Flow.

Good Medicine Wheel

Now we are building a path that connects these trees, allowing everyone who comes to better explore our idea and really connect with our vision. And this is where you come in. Work is already underway on the path, but we need a way to actually pay for it! With your help, we can bring ‘good medicine’ to the community now and for the future. Thanks, Paul.

 Summer Party invite

 Hopefully we'll see you at our Summer Party!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

£2 Reward

For the cost of a cup of coffee you can really make a difference to this campaign. In return, you'll get A GREAT BIG GOOD MEDICINE THANK YOU from us on Facebook. In fact, if every one of our 2000+ Facebook friends pledged, we'd smash our target!

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Bring some good medicine into your life by making a wish and planting it in our garden. Come and write a WISH STICK yourself or we can write one for you if you can’t make it to The Medicine Garden (although we really recommend you do!)

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Come and experience some good medicine with a visit to The Medicine Garden where you can write a WISH STICK, enjoy a CUP OF COFFEE then take a PACKET OF THE MEDICINE GARDEN SEEDS home with you.

£25 or more

17 of 100 claimed

£25 Reward

Yet to be available for general sale, our newly created BAG OF GOOD MEDICINE STONES can be carried on you everyday to help provide guidance and inspiration on living your life more positively.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

De-stress with a ONE HOUR NO HANDS MASSAGE courtesy of our resident massage therapist Sally Katz. Using forearms and elbows instead of hands, this is a deep but extremely relaxing style of massage. Good medicine for all those aches and pains.

£50 or more

5 of 64 claimed

£50 Reward

Experience good medicine for years to come by placing an object of your choice in one of the TIME CAPSULES to be planted at each of the eight directions in the garden.

£100 or more

8 of 40 claimed

£100 Reward

The garden doctor will see you now with some good medicine. Join award-winning landscape gardener and founder of The Medicine Garden, Paul Studholme, for a TWO-HOUR GARDENING CLINIC and take a PLANT home with you afterwards.

£250 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£250 Reward

Help us create some good medicine with a BEHIND-THE-SCENES DAY working alongside us here at The Medicine Garden. Learn about our history, what we do, and turn your hand to something you’ve never done before. Includes lunch.

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£500 Reward

Enjoy some good medicine with a BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR 30 CHILDREN here in our geodesic dome. Includes party food and refreshments, a tour of The Medicine Garden and the opportunity for each child to create their very own mini good medicine garden to take home.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

For businesses that need some good medicine, we're offering a 12-MONTH SPONSORSHIP DEAL. Includes: your hyperlinked logo on every page of our website. A feature on your business in our newsletter. A sign in the garden telling everyone you've sponsored us, plus regular tweets and Facebook mentions.

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