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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. and just click on the facebook icon.

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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

A Sensory Storyteller’s Garden – Manuden Primary School

Over the summer holidays we were delighted  to be asked to design a garden for a local village primary school in memory of two much loved members of staff. The area to be redeveloped was an unused grass bank outside the school hall which was difficult to use for anything . The solution was to make the area flat with decking and then to add  an outdoor classroom / story telling area on top of   the deck.  The canopy above the classroom will eventually be pale blue so that the sky is always  blue, whatever the weather.


We also wanted the area to have elements of sensory play with things to stimulate sight, touch, sound, smell and taste.  The area will have rainbow planter’s with bright colourful flowers and vegetables, giving an opportunity for sight and taste sensations. There will be additional scented planting areas with lavender and herbs and tactile grasses such as Stipa tenuissima and Pennisetum spp. Sound will be achieved by adding Nigella flowers with their seed pods that rattle and simple bamboo chimes that blow in the wind. We have also included two sensory finger mazes that will help the children with hand-eye co-ordination and encourage social play. These are great colourful tools which also have a tactile element.  The two sensory totem poles that will be installed will also encourage inquisitive minds to explore and to learn more about the environment around them.

The area is fenced off for safety and wildflower turf has been added around it to give opportunities for wildlife learning and to soften the structure.

The project is well under way, just planting and finishing touches to do.


Photos courtesy of Harlow Garden Services who have done an excellent job of the installation. Will post more photos when finished. Finger maze photos courtesy of Broxap / Handmade Places

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

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)
Councillor Mike Allen
Councillor Kevin Bush
Councillor Stan Bull
Councillor Mike Casey
Councillor Michael Freeman
Councillor Jeff Jones
Councillor Jonathan Kaye
Councillor David Oldridge
Councillor Tim Page
Councillor Peter Ruffles (Vice Chairman)
Councillor Keith Warnell

Councillor Robert Brunton
Councillor Bob Deering
Councillor Jan Goodeve
Councillor Roz Standley

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 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

Gardening Talks 2015 – Get Involved!

Our last gardening talk of the year at Hatfield Heath Gardening Club last night. Every year we give 5 or 6 talks to horticultural societies, local gardening clubs, Women’s Institutes and U3A groups (University of the Third Age). Mostly, they are well attended by enthusiastic and passionate gardeners and non-gardeners alike and they all seem well received and we love giving them. One thing is common of all the talks this year and that is the age of the audience. In order for these clubs to continue and thrive they must attract a lot more people and more younger people at that. Most towns and villages have a gardening club or a horticultural society and we would urge everyone to find one local to them and get involved.  You will find it incredibly rewarding, meet like minded people, meet new friends and learn something, so what’s stopping you………

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.

Hampton Memories

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