UPDATE: RHS award winning garden has gone to a good home
This beautiful, low carbon garden has now been donated to a local Warrington Charity – Long Lane Garden Centre and the Walton Lea Project. Volunteers and staff from the project have worked together to recreate the Envirolink Northwest garden at their site on Long Lane.
Envirolink Northwest is a not for profit company which aims to develop, establish and grow companies in the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services (LCGSS) sector in the North West. They commissioned Pip Probert, award winning North West garden designer from Outer Spaces to design and create a garden where all materials, products and plants used in the garden were sourced from regional businesses making the garden a local demonstration of innovative, modern design.
The garden at Tatton showcased renewable energy and recycled products sourced from local suppliers, and demonstrated how easy it is to incorporate these greener products into any garden, landscaping or building scheme. All the plants and tree ferns from the garden were donated along with colourful recycled glass chippings used in the garden decoration. Soothing colours have also been used to create a tranquil and charming setting with a variety of beautiful plants including Liatris, Heucheras, Green Rudbeckia and Echinacea.
Nicola Ball, Head of Market Development at Envirolink Northwest said: “We wanted the garden to be relocated where it would be appreciated, cared for and admired. Our offices are based in Warrington, so we wanted to donate to a local charity that is working to help the community and the environment. We initially looked at community groups who had achieved the Green Pennant Award as a starting point and the first one we came across was the Walton Lea Project. ‘They were perfect to adopt our garden as they have the expertise to look after it, they promote sustainable practices themselves and also they work hard for the community by providing supported employment and training for adults with learning disabilities.”
Kath Jones, Manager of the Long Lane Garden Centre commented, “We are absolutely delighted that Envirolink Northwest has donated the garden to us. It adds interest to our site and supports our green message to reuse, recycle and to live sustainably. We have just been awarded a green machine grant so this low carbon garden donation fits in just perfectly. The workers really enjoyed being involved in collecting and recreating the garden and we hope this garden with its silver gilt medal will attract more and more visitors to the centre”.