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Brownfield Metamorphosis 2017

Gold medal winning show garden ‘Brownfield Metamorphosis’ at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Wilson Associates Garden Design wins gold for show garden ‘Brownfield Metamorphosis’ sponsored by St Modwen Properties PLC and supporting Urology Cancer Charity UCARE at the world’s largest flower show the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

The conceptual garden designed by award winning garden designer Martyn Wilson appeared in the brand new ‘Gardens for a Changing World’ category and highlighted the unexpected/surprising/brutal beauty of Britain’s brownfield, urban sites and the important role they have to play in creating the communities of tomorrow. Martyn’s design has been Inspired by Landschaftpark, Duisburg-Nord in Germany, the High Line in New York and successful brownfield regeneration schemes in the UK.

The garden took an abstract look at regeneration and featured urban art references by renowned street artist Louis Masai. Show visitors were greeted by a series of monolithic steel structures that referenced the manufacturing industries of the Industrial Age. The design included pockets of planting with grasses, ferns, herbaceous perennials, self-seeding annuals trees and shrubs emulating the processes of natural succession taking place on these sites and the opportunities these provide bot h for landscaping and for wildlife in the heart of urban areas.

St. Modwen is a fitting sponsor for the show garden. Currently managing the regeneration of New Covent Garden Market, London; the transformation of Longbridge, Birmingham and RAF Uxbridge in west London, the company is the UK expert in developing brownfield sites. Mark Allan, Chief Executive at St. Modwen, said: “The transformation and regeneration of urban sites not only goes a long way to answering the UK’s existing housing crisis but has also brought back thousands of acres of brownfield land into the public sphere that was previously not accessible.”

Commenting on the gold medal award Martyn said ” I’m incredibly proud and so grateful to everyone who helped to support and create this garden. It’s been such a tremendouos pleasure building this show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and to get a gold medal is fantastic – I hope to be back in the future”

The garden also featured on BBC Gardeners World with Martyn being filmed and interviewed at the former MG Rover site in Longbridge, Birmingham where some of the inspiration for the show garden came.

With thanks to Chris Dobbs Photography.

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