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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – The World Horse Welfare Garden

Adam and I are delighted to announce that we have been selected to exhibit a large Artisan Garden at next year’s Chelsea. The garden has been designed for an international horse welfare charity and aims to highlight the plight of abandoned, neglected and abused horses in the UK and abroad. The garden is a traditional wildflower garden that will tell the story of one of these ‘invisible’ horses. It will feature a dark, derelict stable in one corner surrounded by plants harmful to horses which opens up into an open, bright and secure meadow, with horse friendly plants, where rescued horses can run free.  A life-sized sculpture of a horse made from reclaimed horseshoes (from famous horses and supporters of World Horse Welfare) will stand proud in the meadow looking towards a future full of hope.

We hope that the garden will encourage people to reflect on the importance of the work of World Horse Welfare and support them in their vision for a world where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding.

As with all our Chelsea projects, the garden will be built by award winning contractor Conway landscapes.

To find out more on the work of  World House Welfare go to

You can also follow the garden’s progress on our new blog site

Manuden Primary School – Memorial Garden takes shape

Woolcott and Smith’s Weekend Tips…..

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Help save me, East Herts Council want to cut me down. Act now!
Surely there’s more biodiversity in this stately oak tree growing in this former wood meadow, rich in wildlife,  than there is in a fenced off artificial hockey pitch with 15 metre high floodlights.
Tree specialists have surveyed the area and one of the trees has been placed on the Ancient Tree Inventorysport at any cost, I hope not. Join the protest! Let our Councillors know what you think, email addresses in the post below. Please East Herts District Council listen to The Woodland Trust and other notable tree specialists and tree surveyors and vote down the proposal on 27th April 2016.
Low maintenance garden design – Stansted

A few pictures of this design in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

The owners wanted a low maintenance space, with an area to entertain with evergreen planting and a water feature. We screened the fence with black trellis, added a decking area and raised beds and used artificial grass both at the front and rear.

A few of the gardens we look after – 2014 Photos

A few of our recent garden designs – 2014 Photos

Guest Presenting on Ideal World

Join Adam, the regular gardening expert for ‘Lead the Good Life’ on the Ideal World Shopping Channel, over the forth coming weeks for some amazing autumn offers on ‘Handy’ and ‘Fiskars’ garden tools together with some incredible deals on plants from Thompson and Morgan. Adam will be demonstrating products and plants live on the show so tune in to pick up a few tips.

This Sunday 21st September at 11am plus more to follow!

Tune into Sky Channel 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747, Freesat 813

Log on to or to preview up and coming gardening products or download the Ideal World app from the app store for a schedule of gardening shows.

Hooray for Hampton Court!

We are delighted to have been awarded a Silver-Gilt medal for ‘The NSPCC Legacy Garden’ at The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The garden achieved acclaim from both visitors and press alike and was runner up in the People’s Award for Best Small Garden in Show.

The garden highlights 130 years of the NSPCC with a journey through time. The garden is divided into four eras; Victorian, 1920′s, 1970′s and present day. The idea is that although garden styles change, plants change and toys change through those years one thing hasn’t changed and that is the constancy of the NSPCC fighting for protection for children. The word ‘Constant’ is carved into the bench at the centre of the garden. There are 130 messages in jam jars, some from young people who have used the services of the charity and  some from supporters, some on our legacy tree and the rest around the garden. Inspirational messages such as ‘no fear’, ‘more smiles’, ‘more sunshine, less dark’  and hopes for a better future. John Hurt’s message, see below, reads ’If you want perfection, learn to put up with less’.

Happy birthday NSPCC, it’s been an honour to create this garden for you, with the help of Conway Landscapes, who have been a big part of the project. Here’s hoping that we have drawn attention to your amazing work and have encouraged people to think about the importance of leaving a gift in your will, your own legacy, to help you continue the work that is so sadly needed.

Here’s a few pics.

Hampton Diary – 22nd June 2014

It’s nearly here! In three days time we start building ‘The NSPCC Legacy Garden’. Its been a busy weekend ensuring we have everything that we need to start the build; hotel booked, plant deliveries confirmed, tree seat nearlycompleted and most importantly contractor happy.

We’ve finally managed to locate some original pier caps for our Victorian garden section, having toured the country’s reclamation yards looking for them. Rarer than Chelsea Gold medals! In the contemporary section we’ve had our first look at the oak posts, paving  and steel wire work and they all look fab. The new, smoothe dark granite will contrast nicely with the reclaimed granite cobbles of the Victorian section.

We’ve had a final meeting with Cormac and his team (our contractor Conway Landscapes) and everything looks good for a smoothe build, just got to pick up our RHS passes so we can get on to site. Everyone is buzzing and can’t wait to get started. Hoping to be on site from 7.30 wednesday morning to get stuck in.

On the plant front, we’ve had a little worry about our roses for the 1920s section and may have to substitute one or two varieties if they’ve gone over. Will decide  later this week. On the plus side we have had some amazing deliveries of Asarum europaeum from Crocus and our sponsor The Garden Centre Group’s ‘Gardens for Good Programme’ have come up trumps with some fantastic plants for the rest of the garden.

Awesome Asarums

Young people who have used the services of the NSPCC have also chosen some historically appropriate toys for each section of the garden and our original Victorian child’s scooter is being hand delivered this afternoon!

Will keep you updated live from the Show via twitter:

@WoolcottSmith @Mrplantmad @conwaylandscape @NSPCC

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Also check out the NSPCC at Hampton Pinterest board