HALF PRICE OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

Chelsea award for Oxfordshire-based company

16:16 24 May 2013

Chelsea Pensioners enjoy the Redwood walk at the Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Pensioners enjoy the Redwood walk at the Chelsea Flower Show

Archant

Bicester-based Applied Landscape Design’s garden designed for the Garden Club of America wins Silver Gilt Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Welsh Coast Redwoods from the RFS helped evoke 100 years of conservation and evolution for the Garden Club of America (GCA) as it celebrates its centenary with a spectacular exhibit at RHS Environment at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden proved so inspirational it won a coveted Silver Gilt Award.

Oxfordshire-based Applied Landscape Design designed the show garden on behalf of the GCA, and wanted to incorporate Coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), which had formed the focus of the GCA’s first major conservation campaign in the 1930s, to play a central role.

Importing Redwoods from America was not a viable option so they turned to the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), owners of the largest and oldest stand of Coast Redwoods in Europe - the RFS Charles Ackers Redwood Grove near Welshpool - for help in sourcing materials for the design. Some of the redwoods in the Grove date back to original plantings imported from the USA in 1857!

As a result, Redwood discs from trees aged about 80 years from the Leighton estate, leaf litter and other materials, together with young redwoods from Dutch nurseries, and Californian ground-flora sourced from around the UK, will form the central theme of the interactive Chelsea Flower Show garden celebrating the evolution of gardening in the USA.

Applied Landscape Design’s Director Kym Jones says, “The ‘Lasting Legacy’ display showcases the many achievements of the GCA in horticulture, preservation of natural resources, and education that has evolved over the last 100 years, and sets out key current centennial initiatives - including the Centennial Tree Project which has resulted in the planting of 23,500 trees in communities across the USA.

“The Coast Redwoods reflect one particularly important initiative from the early days of the Garden Club of America which saw the organisation establish itself as a forerunner in conservation. The role of redwoods at the heart of this display embraces elements of the centennial tree project and symbolises the continuity of the Garden Club of America’s commitment to education and scholarships.”

Visitors to the stand will be taken through a young Redwood grove, walking on Leighton Redwood discs engraved with key dates from the Garden Club of America’s first 100 years, surrounded by the scene of a Redwood forest, with interactive displays and information reflecting conservation and preservation achievements and the evolution of the Garden Club of America.

For the RFS, Development Director Simon Lloyd says, “We were delighted to be able to donate materials from our historic Redwood grove. Not only did the original plantings come from trees imported from America, but it is interesting to reflect that, just as the Garden Club of America was campaigning to protect and preserve redwoods in California, on the other side of the Atlantic, Charles Ackers was planting them in mid Wales. Coast Redwoods are known to live to 2000 years in their native California, so although some of our trees are now approaching 160 years old, they are still relative youngsters compared to some of those in the USA.

“In the UK, we need to consider a wider choice of tree species to plant in our woodlands to protect them better against the growing number of pests and diseases. Interest in Coast Redwood and our experiences at the Leighton grove over the last 160 years is expected to increase.

“Like the GCA, the RFS is committed to education and the sharing of knowledge and we hope that there might be further links between our two organisations in future years.”

Marian Hill, GCA President says, “Coast Redwoods have been an emblematic species for the Garden Club of America. The link with the Royal Forestry Society in our centennial year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is particularly appropriate; the two organisations are aligned in the common goal to protect Coast Redwoods and promote the many ecological and social benefits that standing forests provide.”

• Coast Redwoods can grow taller than a 30-floor skyscraper! See http://www.savetheredwoods.org/redwoods/coast-redwoods.php

• For more information on the RFS and its Divisions go to www.rfs.org.uk

• For more information on the GCA and how to join go to www.gcamerica.org

0 comments

Shop with us at Great British Life

More from Out & about

Andrew Roland © Shutterstock

Cotswold villages are some of the most beautiful in Britain – think honey-coloured cottages, cosy pubs, tiny tearooms and narrow streets. We pick ten of the prettiest Cotswolds villages to explore.

Read more
Painswick ©  Raymond Llewellyn, Shutterstock

Whether you want to enjoy cream tea in a landscaped garden or unwind in front of a log fire in a local pub, we’ve created a guide to help you make the most of your visit to the countryside town of Painswick.

Read more
Wed, 09:42
HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron, Music in Country Churches, at a concert at Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire,England, on Saturday 21st May. The concert was performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and featured British Cellist, Caroline Dale.
(PIC PAUL NICHOLLS) TEL 07718 152168
EDF ENERGY SOUTH WEST NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2009/2014
WWW.PAULNICHOLLSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

HRH The Prince of Wales, patron of Music in Country Churches, attended a concert at Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The concert was performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and featured British cellist, Caroline Dale.

Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Arlington Row © Jenifoto, Shutterstock

Perhaps one of the most famous locations in the Cotswolds, the quintessential cottages and pretty riverside location of Bibury are a must-visit on any trip to the region.

Read more
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Are you in search of beautiful Cotswold views?

The Cotswolds are famous for rolling hills, countryside views and honey-coloured architecture. Here are ten of the best places to catch a glimpse of breathtaking Cotswold scenery.

Read more
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Cirencester © tornadoflight, Shutterstock

The Cotswold market town of Cirencester is renowned for having a wealth of history and heritage dating back as far as the Roman Empire. We’ve assembled a brief guide to help you make the most of this wonderful location.

Read more
Friday, May 6, 2016
The view of the Cotswold Hills scarp and Severn Valley © Joe Dunckley

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers unrivalled opportunities for recreation and so to celebrate its Golden Anniversary we’ve compiled 50 top ways to enjoy yourselves out and about. Here are the first 25; see the May issue (on sale now) for 25 more

Read more
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Market Hall © Nadger, Thinkstock

Whether it’s warm hospitality, luxurious spa days or just a pint in a traditional pub, you will find all this and more in our guide to Chipping Campden

Read more
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Log House Holidays, Poole Keynes, Gloucestershire

Candia McKormack and family go in search of tranquillity – and a good WiFi signal – on a short break in a Cotswold log house

Read more
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
David Hughes © Shutterstock

Keep that rubber on the road with a motivational refuel at one of these top cycling cafés in the Cotswolds.

Read more
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Chipping Norton © James Stringer, Flickr, (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Chipping Norton has kept its charms with old fashioned streets and characteristic muted yellow buildings but also manages to provide excellent leisure and retail

Read more
Monday, April 25, 2016
Peter Raymond Llewellyn © Shutterstock

Is it any wonder the Cotswolds are one of the most popular places for a staycation?

Read more
Friday, April 22, 2016
The historical town of Stow on the Wold in the Costwolds © Gordon Bell, Shutterstock

Stow-on-the-Wold is one of the prettiest towns in Gloucestershire. Think honey-coloured buildings, cosy pubs, tiny tearooms and narrow streets. We’ve assembled a brief guide to help you make the most of this tiny Cotswold market town.

Read more
Sunday, April 17, 2016
The village of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds @ JeniFoto, Shutterstock

Sssh… Don’t tell anybody but we think we might have found the prettiest streets in the Cotswolds. Which one is your favourite?

Read more

Newsletter Signup



Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Cotswold's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Search For a Car In Your Area


Property Search