Holding Back The Flood
Our show garden this year at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show aimed to show just how effective trees can be against some of todays environmental issues.
The concept for Holding Back The Flood was inspired by a small town in North Yorkshire, Pickering.The town suffered year-on-year flooding, which led to a government request of £20 million pounds towards a flood protection grant. It was proposed for this money to be spent on building concrete walls to protect the town.
Unfortunately the government wasn’t able to help on this occasion. Duly, the town then began to look at alternative methods and then came across the concept of using strategic trees and plants planting to protect them instead.
After only spending 10% of what they had originally asked for the project was a huge success.
"It was a great feeling to be back at Hampton for the second year running. I am thrilled that we managed to build such a complicated garden in the time that we had. It might seem easy to recreate a flood...however it turned out to be quite a challenge!"