Writtle University College's show garden has won Best in Show and a gold medal in the Young Gardeners of the Year 2017 today!
TV gardener David Domoney commended the team's Ideal Home Show garden as an “innovative, stylish design that combined practicality with beauty”.
The garden features burnt timber planters and is specially designed to be low maintenance, sustainable and to encourage social interaction.
David said: “I thought that it was an innovative, stylish design that combined practicality with beauty. The contrasting colours - the light flooring with the dark timber and that ebony and ivory effect - combines beautifully with the multi-stem trees. The refuse bin and recycling bin is hidden with practicality and style. This all culminates in the best garden of the 2017 Young Gardeners of the Year! Writtle University College should feel proud of the hard work of its students and teacher.”
Ben Wincott, Further Education Lecturer in Horticulture, provided guidance to the team of ten Level 3 Horticulture students who built the garden over the last week at the Show in Kensington Olympia.
He said: “I am very proud of what the students have achieved and the new skills they have learnt. It's been a fun but hard week and they really have got inspired. The garden is high-quality and it's good to see them do well and know they have done well.”
Sean Tapner, 18, from Chelmsford, was one of the Level 3 Horticulture students who designed and built the garden. He said: “We are all struck with emotion as we put a lot of hard work into the build with the help of Ben. We've given 110% not only in the last week - we've been working on it since December and thinking about it since September. It's great to hear the feedback from the public and David Domoney. I am really happy we have won; the team deserves it!”
The team have donated their £1,500 winnings to Comic Relief.
The contest is organised by TV Gardener David Domoney, in association with the Prince's Foundation, and sees six of the UK's top landscaping and horticultural colleges go head-to-head to create a show-stopping sustainable garden that will be visited by thousands at the Ideal Home Show.
The brief for this year's competition was to create an inspirational front garden, to give a homeowner a spectacular welcome home and brighten up the street.
WUC's entry is called Burning Impression and features burnt-timber planters, crowned by three multi-stem feature trees lagerstroemia. There is stain-proof porcelain paving, allowing the water to flow through the garden, permeating into the drought-resistant plants.
The concept of the garden centres around contributing to the community - visually and by giving people the space and opportunity to interact. There is a seat in oiled oak and no gate or fencing so the garden encourages people to talk with neighbours.
This year's show gardens were judged by an expert panel, which included horticultural industry leaders, home and garden magazine editors and acclaimed garden designers.
Entrants competed to win the gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze awards. The overall winner received the Best in Show award. Visitors are able to vote for the winner of the People's Choice Award, which will be announced later.
• With sincere thanks to our suppliers - Alfresco Floors; Protek; Chelmsford Van Hire; and Dave's Hardware in Southend.