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WUC enjoys Flower Show Success

July 2019

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WUC students contributed to a silver medal winning garden at Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July 2019.

The Crest Nicholson Livewell Garden was designed by David Jarvis Associates as a small public park dedicated to the theme of physical and mental wellbeing. The space was inspired by Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Council’s initiative promoting healthy ways of living and design within new developments.

A small group of students from Writtle University College enjoyed putting skills learnt in their level two, level three and degree courses to good use as they installed plants and garden features. The team also worked on the BBC Springwatch Garden, erecting fencing and laying wildflower turf.

Lecturer Ben Wincott said: “We’re delighted to have contributed to the Crest Nicholson Livewell Garden and to have had the opportunity to assist with the BBC Springwatch Garden. Working at Hampton Court has been a valuable experience for our students.

“They’re had the opportunity to put their practical skills to good use and showcase their abilities in a world-class setting. It’s the first step towards to developing the attributes and strong professional networks they will require in the workplace.”

WUC alumni also showcased their work at Hampton Court. Robert Grimstead studied HND Landscape Construction, Landscaping and Groundskeeping at WUC. His design for The Lower Barn Farm Outdoor Living Garden was awarded a silver-gilt medal by Hampton Court’s judges. Lawrence Roberts, who has an HND in Garden Design from WUC, received a silver medal for the Through Your Eyes Garden he created with the sculptor William Roobrouck.

Their successes follow on from the outstanding achievements at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year. WUC student Peter Bodnar received a silver medal after entering one of event’s competitions.

Peter said: “I was lucky to be considered to exhibit in 'Class D' at this prestigious flower show for 2019. The theme I was selected for was 'Silhouette' and to suspend the design within a frame. It was a very challenging brief and with the support of my lecturer, I made a miniature design sample and a design board in the final development process using all the skills learned on my course at Writtle.”

WUC’s former students were also well represented at 2019’s Chelsea Flower Show. WUC alumna, Miki Sato, won a gold medal for her Kampo no Niha Garden. She said: “I want to show people that plants have a wonderful power to make them happy and relaxed and this should be an important feature of their own gardens.”

Former BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design student Alistair Bayford also won Gold, in addition to the Award for Best Artisan Garden. His Family Monsters Garden, at the Chelsea Flower Show, marked the 150th anniversary of charity Family Action and the 100th anniversary of green service provider idverde.