We are thrilled to bits to have been awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for a legacy garden that we designed for the NSPCC. The garden, exhibited in the artisan category, is entitled ‘What will we leave? The NSPCC Garden of Magical Childhood, and is a nostalgic depiction of childhood adventures. Central to the garden is a treehouse which includes posters drawn by NSPCC young people. A child’s tea party takes place in the front of the garden and there is a wishing pond which has messages and wishes written on pebbles by both supporters and the young people.My favourite pebble answers the question ‘what will we leave?’ with the message ‘ a world in which every child can grow freely without fear’. The garden is designed for adults to reflect on the preciousness and potential of childhood and to encourage them to think about what we leave behind for future generations.
Here are a few photos.
It’s been an amazing week. Our highs include meeting HRH The Countess of Wessex, patron of the charity, chatting to the thousands of visitors that took the time to visit us at the garden, and watching the BBC coverage of the garden. We were quite chuffed to see that the entire BBC Coverage of the Show ended with film of our garden!
The garden also received critical acclaim from The Sunday Telegraph gardening experts Francine Raymond and Bunny Guiness and featured as a full page photo on the front cover of the paper’s ‘Life’ section.
Celebrity gardener, Diaurmuid Gavin, said it was his favourite garden in the Show and hasn’t stopped talking about it since.
All in all, its been an amazing Chelsea, and if we can raise awareness of the work of the NSPCC and the importance of leaving them gifts in wills to help them continue to protect children for generations to come then it’s been a great success.
A massive thankyou to Sheilas Wheels for making the garden possible.
For more photos go to http://pinterest.com/thenspcc/nspcc-at-the-rhs-chelsea-flower-show
For more information on gifts in wills go to www.nspcc.org.uk