the background: the chelsea flower show
The CHERUB HIV garden is a landmark project for, and about, people living with HIV. It was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 and then moved to a permanent site in Brent.
Facilitated by professional garden designers, HIV clinicians, researchers and community link workers, over 12 months young people living with HIV developed a garden that aims to bring together three themes around HIV: breaking stigma and secrecy; engagement with HIV testing and treatment; and exploring new therapies through research. The Garden aims to act as a focus to develop conversations, for stigma to be openly addressed, and for increased understanding about HIV for those with and without the infection. It also aims to empower individuals to develop skills and confidence, and to engage with the public to increase awareness of HIV, associated research and to help combat deeply ingrained issues around stigmatisation.
The CHERUB Collaboration (Collaborative HIV Eradication of Reservoirs: UK BRC) is a NIHR-funded platform funded to explore strategies for achieving HIV eradication in the UK. CHERUB comprises internationally recognised researchers from Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, UCL and King’s College, and the associated NHS Trusts. The role of Oxford University within CHERUB is to lead the scientific strategy.