General David Domoney June 29th2018

Charities we are supporting at this years RHS Hampton Court

Charities we are supporting at this years RHS Hampton Court

It is that time of the year again. A week so beautiful and important for the English summer season; the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. From July 3rd to 8th, you will get to experience something beyond this world. From the gorgeous gardens, fabulous florals and fantastic shopping in an unforgettable setting, this year will be one to remember.

Charity garden displays

Everest are proud to be headline Supporter of the RHS Celebrity Theatre tent again for the 3rd year running. Whilst putting on a remarkable show, we will have three garden displays designed by David Domoney for charity causes chosen by key celebrities.

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What happened last year?

Last year TV gardener David Domoney created three different front garden displays at the popular horticultural event, each designed as an interpretation of the three chosen charities. We held a poll at the RHS show for visitors to pick their favourite garden. Following the results Save the Orangutan, nominated by TV presenter Michaela Strachan came first winning the £4,000 prize, followed by The Bat Conservation Trust nominated by Chris Packham and the British Trust for Ornithology nominated by Martin Hughes-Games, which both received £2,000 by Everest.

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This year's gardens

So what charities have we got in store for this year? The wait is over as now we reveal the three charities that we are proud to have at the RHS show.

Bill Oddie’s Garden - The Woodland Trust

First up we have Bill Oddie’s garden, which will represent the Woodland Trust. Bill is the face of the pioneering early days of live wildlife television during the 1990s, which includes BBC’s Springwatch and Autumwatch. Adding to that, he has numerous books, magazine columns and hundreds of other TV appearances. Bill is a national vice president of The Wildlife Trust which is his chosen charity to present at the show.

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, which has over 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 sites, covering over 26,000 hectares all over the UK. The charity protects and campaigns on behalf of the county’s woods, plant trees and they restore ancient woodland for the benefit of the wildlife and people. Find out more here.

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Show garden planning:

“This vibrant front garden invites the onlooker to take a stroll along its winding path as if on a meandering journey through woodland. Sweeping through the garden, the visitor encounters clusters of birch trees complemented by the soft, subtle underplanting of ferns. Glimmers of sunshine streaming through the branches of the birches ignite the sparkle of ferns in front of wildflowers beneath. These different aspects come together to create a delightfully earthy, woodland feel in the most urban of areas”

Julia Bradbury’s garden - Mend our Mountains

Next, we have Julia Bradbury who will be supporting the Mend our Mountains charity. Julia is a television presenter on the BBC and ITV. She is best known for co-presenting and re-vamping one of BBC One’s longest running flagship programmes Countryfile, alongside Planet Earth Live, The Wonder of Britain and Britain’s Best Walks. She is the co-founder of The Outdoor Guide, a free online resource for outdoor enthusiasts and she is a supporter of the Mend Our Mountains crowdfunding campaign which has a vision of getting more people, including families and young people to enjoy hills and mountains in the years to come. 

Mend Our Mountains is a charity which supports the hills, mountains and landscapes of Britain. It aims to motivate people to support for things we use daily; the paths, bridleways and bridges which underpin our experiences in the great outdoors. It recently joined forces with the Camping & Caravanning Club, where Julia is the first female President, to light up The Great Ridge in the Peak District to support the campaign and over 600 people joined in with this amazing event.

The aim is to raise a total of £1 million within a year for a range of vital path repair projects within the UK’s entire family of 15 National Parks. Find out more here.

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Show garden planning;

“This garden is hard, rugged, and dominated by towering chunks of rough-hewn granite, which serve as signature feature stones evocative of rocky mountainsides. Pockets of planting in and amongst the stones are surrounded by chip-slate, and a natural slate path, which leads from the front of the garden to the back, continues the craggy mountain theme. The softness of the trees in the garden contrasts starkly with the roughness of the rocks, and the thriving alpines highlight the amazing ability of such plants to grow in such improbably rugged areas. The whole garden itself has a hard, rocky feel, softened by plants, which is highly reminiscent of the beauty and majesty of mountains.”

Carol Klein’s Garden - Mesothelioma UK

Finally, we have Carlo Klein’s display garden which will be supporting Mesothelioma UK. Carol is a gardening expert who featured on Gardener’s World in 1989 and has since presented other gardening programmes such as Real Gardens and Open Gardens. Alongside her TV debut, Carol has also written a number of best-selling books and writes gardening publications for magazines as well as a column for The Guardian.

Carol will be supporting Mesothelioma UK which is a national specialist resource centre, specialising in asbestos-related cancer. This is dedicated to providing specialist mesothelioma information, support and education, and to improving care and treatment for all UK mesothelioma patients and their carers. The charity relies entirely on donations, legacies, fundraising and sponsorship to ensure that the charity integrates into NHS frontline services, ensuring specialists mesothelioma nursing is available at the point of need. Find out more here.

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Show garden planning:

“An ornamental front garden, with a direct contrast between its two sides, this design reflects the Mesothelioma UK brings to those suffering from asbestos-related cancer, specifically those affected in the merchant navy. On one side, a single border brims with lush planting of flowers and shrubs representing life before Mesothelioma and this stands in stark contrast to the other side, which is predominantly lawn. Created in the lawn are a series of concentric rings, with a propeller water feature central to the innermost ring.

Here, water trickles down a central sphere into a circular pool beneath, resembling the fluid movement of life and the sea.

Surrounding this is a circular border where Forget-me-nots—are represented and a symbol of the charity Mesothelioma UK—reminding people to think of this cancer and the dedicated nurses working for the charity provides to its sufferers. A sweeping path that leads from the road to the front door invites the onlooker to take a journey between the two sharply contrasting sides.”

Where to find the garden displays?

We will be located at the RHS Celebrity Theatre stage, right by the Historic Royal Palace garden. Come join us and vote for your favourite charity garden! The winning charity will receive £4,000 and the other two will receive £2,000.

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