Archive for the ‘Press Coverage’ Category


Gold Medal & BBC People’s Choice Award at Chelsea!

It has been an awesome couple of weeks for Adam and I. We are thrilled to bits to have not only won a Gold Medal but also the BBC People’s Choice Award for Best Artisan Garden in Show. It’s been great representing such an amazing charity as World Horse Welfare and reassuring that an emotive traditional wildflower garden with a serious message still has a place at the world’s best flower Show. You can find out more on our blog page and on our facebook page.

www.diaryofachelseagarden.com and just click on the facebook icon.

Here’s a few photos:;

RHS Chelsea Updates

For more regular garden updates check out our facebook and twitter pages. Click on the icons bottom left

For our regular Chelsea Blog go to www.diaryofachelseagarden.com

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.
Please don’t cut me down! Keep Ash Grove Green!


Three veteran oak trees, together with smaller ash trees and a section of meadow are under threat of removal under a proposal to create a floodlit artificial hockey pitch on the area known as Ash Grove just off Cricketfield Lane in Bishop’s Stortford. Although it is too late for letters of comment, and it appears that Planning  Officers are recommending approval,  the final decision will be made on the 27th April 2016 at a meeting of the Development Management Committee in Hertford where Councillors will vote on the proposal.

Application: 3/15/1957/FUL     Further details  click or copy and paste link below

https://publicaccess.eastherts.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NVCCDMGLH4A00

If approved this proposal will contradict the spirit of the Neighbourhood Plan and could have implications for other areas who are currently in the process of creating their own Neighbourhood Plan.

The loss of this area in its current state will be a great blow to this beautiful north east area of Bishop’s Stortford and although new sporting facilities for a growing town are incredibly important they should not be created at the expense of beautiful and untouched countryside. Alas it is now too late to oppose this development by letter but in a last ditch effort to save this area and to demonstrate our strength of feeling, we are organising a local opposition meeting at 2.30pm on Sunday 24th April at the top of Cricketfield Lane where it meets Barrell’s Down Road and then at 3pm a very small walk to the area in question. We are also formally inviting all the Councillors who sit on the Development Management Committee and who will vote for the proposal, to come to this meeting so that we may share with them our concerns. See attached list of Councillors and their email addresses:

Development Management Committee:
Councillor David Andrews (Chairman)   david.andrews@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Mike Allen   mike.allen@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Kevin Bush   kevin.brush@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Stan Bull   stan.bull@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Mike Casey   mike.casey@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Michael Freeman   michael.freeman@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Jeff Jones   jeff.jones@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Jonathan Kaye   jonathan.kaye@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor David Oldridge   david.oldridge@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Tim Page   tim.page@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Peter Ruffles (Vice Chairman)   peter.ruffles@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Keith Warnell   keith.warnell@eastherts.gov.uk

Reserves:
Councillor Robert Brunton   robert.brunton@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Bob Deering   bob.deering@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Jan Goodeve   jan.goodeve@eastherts.gov.uk
Councillor Roz Standley   roz.standley@eastherts.gov.uk

Can we please ask anybody in Bishop’s Stortford who is concerned about development in the town or the loss of beautiful and wild areas to please attend and show their support in opposing this development. Bring boots or wellies. Parking can be difficult as Residents Parking Schemes are in place but the nearest car parks are Grange Paddocks or Elm Road.

Adam 07976 658618   Jon 07967 632525

Spear and Jackson – World Launch Easter 2016
Adam is delighted to announce that he has been chosen to be one of the new faces of Spear and Jackson, a gardening company that has been leading the field for 250 years. Pictured here with Lloyd Ashford Thom on the left, also from Spear and Jackson).
Join him on Ideal World TV (Virgin 747 Sky 654  Freeview 22  Freesat 812 ) this Easter Saturday at 5pm where he will be presenting the live WORLD launch of the amazing new Spear and Jackson pressure washer. It’s absolutely awesome! Stay tuned this spring when Adam and Lloyd will be bringing us some incredible new gardening tools to make your life easier.

To find out more click on www.idealworld.tv or tap the app

Saint Francis Hospice Presentation

Lovely afternoon at Saint Francis Hospice, just outside Romford in Essex. Delighted and honoured to present a cheque to one of the hospice’s lottery winners. Nice to meet such a keen and passionate gardener!

The gardens here are quite inspiring and guaranteed to lift your spirits on a dull, cold February day.

To find out more about the hospice and the amazing work that they do, or to make a donation click on the website link www.sfh.org.uk

The First Gardening Show of the Year!

If you love lilies join Adam for the first gardening show of the year on Ideal World TV for some amazing offers on lily bulbs and a host of other great plants. One of the nation’s favourite flowers, lilies are very easy to grow; plant them in pots or straight into the border and they will come up year after year and give you a dazzling display of flowers. Happy in sun or shade, just keep an eye out for the little red lily beetle and support them if necessary. We like to plant them in pots so that we can move them about the garden to brighten up boring areas.

Pack of 50 bulbs of ‘Lily Oriental Love Story’ for just £14.99 + P&P, absolutely REMARKABLE value!

Log onto www.idealworld.tv for further details

Get inspired!

Tune into Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747 and Freesat 812 from 11am 18th January 2015

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. www.nspcc.org.uk

Here’s a few pics.

Hampton Diary – 8th June 2014

With just over 2 weeks before we start building the NSPCC garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show it’s all systems go.

 This week we’ve been busy finalising our plant orders to make sure that we have everything we need. On Sunday we paid a visit to a conifer nursery to select our plants for the 1970’s section of the garden and also to Langthorn’s Plantery, a specialist nursery in Essex, to choose our special plants such as the climber Muehlenbeckia complexa, which will look great scrambling through the railings in the Victorian section of the garden.  We particularly pleased with the herbaceous plants from our sponsor, The Garden Centre Group and the quality is amazing. Can’t wait to see everything planted!

 On Thursday we took delivery of our original Victorian cast iron railings from a reclamation yard in Warwickshire and they look great. Initially, we were a bit worried that they might not fit between the brick piers that our contractor, Conway Landscapes is building, but I think they’ll be OK. Huge sigh of relief. They certainly built them to last in those days, can’t believe they so heavy, good job we’ve completed our RHS risk assessments.

Cormac, from Conway Landscapes has now sourced our reclaimed granite cobbles, together with more contemporary dark granite paving.

 We’ve also had a look at some of the messages and artwork that some of the NSPCC young people have created to hang on the Legacy Tree. Have a read of this one; it nearly brought me to tears:

 ‘Dear person who is reading this note. I hope you understand what a wonderful job the NSPCC does for children and young people. I feel so grateful that there is such a charity that focuses on the wellbeing of children and young people. We should all feel so luck to have NSPCC to help us – YOUNG PEOPLE, to be heard!

There are many issues that children and youth have to deal with in their everyday lives. It is amazing and fantastic that there are services provided by the NSPCC team to support ANYONE who is in need. I am so proud at the NSPCC for the work they have done for children and I am so happy for NSPCC 130 year’s existence. I wish and hope there will be more and more years of NSPCC existence. NSPCC ROCKS’

That says it all. So proud and honoured to be creating this garden for the NSPCC, I hope it raises awareness of the charity’s work and highlights the importance of leaving legacies and gifts in wills

A Chelsea Triumph!

                                 

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