above, elements from the Jordans Wildlife Garden
This garden has been developed to encourage visitors to bring a little bit of the British countryside into their gardens.
Inspired by the Hampton Court maze, meadow paths curve through layers of soft naturalistic planting and into a central terrace with a calm, reflective pool. Taller planting and benches sculpted from straw bales create a sense of enclosure and a place to pause and contemplate the sensory delights of this soft, colourful garden.
The garden reflects the Jordans Cereals commitment to preserving the countryside, highlighting the initiative where farmers donate 10% of their land to wildlife. Visitors can spot foraging opportunities within the garden, and there are opportunities to taste some edible flowers and leaves.
The Macmillan Legacy Garden
This garden interprets the legacy of Douglas Macmillan, the founder of Macmillan Cancer Support, and has been created to encourage visitors to support Macmillan’s work by leaving a legacy in their will.
The rolling fields of Castle Cary in Somerset, where Douglas Macmillan grew up and retired, have inspired the design. In the charity’s early years, voluntary nurses used bicycles to travel to visit patients in their homes, providing a lifeline to those in need. Rows of planting and clipped hedges set the scene of the rural communities where this vital support from Macmillan nurses was gratefully received.
Below – Hedgehog Street
Hedgehog Street has been designed to show visitors how they can help to stop the decline in hedgehog numbers. The three suburban gardens with different styles represented here have one thing in common – their owners all love hedgehogs.
The design demonstrates how neighbours can work together to help hedgehogs by providing routes through garden boundaries. In these contemporary gardens, geometric shapes and clean lines provide a backdrop for a generous planting of grasses complemented by sizzling hot flower colours. Plenty of spiky shapes echo the hedgehog theme whilst providing a safe haven for wildlife, to show that this can be done without compromising on style.
A Space to Connect and Grow (below)
This garden is a versatile and creative outdoor space designed for arts and culture organisation Metal, providing space to perform, hold workshops outside, relax and gather together.
The garden is built from recycled industrial materials and is designed to improve the local urban environment whilst also being a pleasant place to spend time. Key features include the pavilion with a living roof at the back of the garden and an underplanted metal stage for performances.