Harrogate Flower Show Success

We’re delighted to announce that our entry into the Spring Harrogate Flower Show has not only won a silver gilt award but also the Newby Cup.

silver gilt

What does the garden represent?

The garden which was designed by the local community, and our apprentices with support from our staff is called ‘Mills to Moors’ and reflects the harmonious connection between nature and industry, with the planting reflecting natural moorland habitats whilst providing a long season of interest and colour. Overall the garden is intended to evoke the spirit of the district, a strong Pennine landscape, industrial heritage and communities linked by water.

from mills to moors

Who designed the garden?

The overall design combines different elements from entries into a competition we ran to design a garden for the show, and includes structures and hard landscaping made from recycled and re-used materials which helped to reduce the costs of the build and its environmental impact.

from mills to moors 2

The planting – which was awarded the Newby Cup was grown at the Peace Pit Community Nursery, by volunteers from S2R a local mental health charity. The specific plants were selected to improve biodiversity, and are good for pollinators and provide resilience for climate change.

Karl Battersby, Strategic Director, Economy and Infrastructure said:

“I am really pleased that the hard work and skill of those involved has resulted in these two prestigious accolades. The project provided our apprentices with the unique opportunity to see something through from the planning stages to creating a final award winning piece. Allowing them to develop skills that will be essential in their day to day work and as they progress in the future.

The volunteers involved have also benefited from the chance to get some gentle exercise, spend time in nature, meet new people and be creative – all important aspects of wellbeing.

As a council we are working closer with local communities and projects like this show how successful collaborative working can be. Our aim now is to find a permanent home for the garden so that it can be enjoyed for years to come.

To win these awards is the icing on the cake and everyone involved should be very proud.”

A thanks to all involved

 

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