Noah’s Ark hosted a Summer Gathering yesterday at the site of the new hospice building where guests learned more about the concept and designs of the garden areas that will be available to the children and families we support.

Gensler - Garden GatheringJessica Harding and Yuka Takanashi from Gensler – architects of The Ark – joined us to talk about the ideas and inspiration around the designs for the hospice. They particularly focused on wanting to create an environment that embraced the 7.5 acre nature reserve, making it a peaceful and serene location for everyone who will be providing and using our services.

Despite the 34 degree heat, our guests enjoyed some ice cold refreshments before being invited to tour the site and see the progress that’s been made so far. The windows are currently being installed and we will soon be moving on to making the building water tight.

Mayor of Barnet - Garden GatheringGuests who joined us included representatives from our build partners including 8build, Ramboll, Squire & Partners and MacFarlanes; Edmonton, Enfield and Potters Bar Rotary clubs; Masonic Lodges, Star of David and Inner Wheel; Marks & Spencer, Golders Green Crematorium, and many more of our community supporters. We were also joined by His Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Reuben Thompstone and the Rt Hon. Theresa Villiers MP for Chipping Barnet.

During the morning Noah’s Ark expressed that we have four wishes:

  • We wish more people knew about The Ark
  • We wish more people would ‘give an hour’ [of time or services]
  • We wish someone would help us drive down the cost of building The Ark
  • We wish someone could help fund our gardens and landscape

Many community groups stepped up and pledged to make our wishes come true, for example the amazing Cain Marking, who helped us during out Rainbow Run, have offered their services free of charge.

If you can help make one of our wishes come true please contact Priya at or call 020 8449 8877.