Horticulture students win 'Gold' at BBC Gardeners' World

  • May 2024

Returning for a second year, three horticultural colleges competed at BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair, each with a budget-friendly garden design based on the theme ‘Gardening in a Challenging Climate’. The event took place 3-5 May 2024, at Beaulieu in the New Forest with our students winning 'Gold Medal' who were mentored by award-winning garden designer Cherry Carmen, whose accolades include a Gold Award at BBC Gardeners’ World Live.

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The students' submission, titled 'Hort Couture', 'Waste Not Want Not' presents a courtyard garden concept inspired by fashion. The design incorporates upcycled elements such as a catwalk path made from recycled rubber and buttons, a green wall system utilizing denim pockets, climbers resembling clothes rails, and sculptures fashioned from coat hangers. One of the ideas which had a big visual appeal was the use pockets from recycled jeans to act as plant holders!

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