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RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsor Marshalls plc today received a Silver Medal for its 2008 garden, The Marshalls Garden That Kids Really Want!
The garden was created by Ian Dexter, Marshalls in-house show garden designer, and inspired by over 120 school children’s drawings from the Marshalls Chelsea Garden Design Workshops. It aims to encourage kids to go outside and play, reconnecting them with the natural environment and helping them to develop valuable social skills.
Blending the excitement of risk through play within a managed setting, the garden presents testing personal challenges, limitless creative and learning opportunities plus the most important ingredient of all – fun.
Ian Dexter, commenting on the Medal said: “I am absolutely delighted with the result. This is my first ever RHS Chelsea Show Garden and to receive a silver medal is amazing. I would also to like to thank all the Marshalls Gardens & Driveways team who have worked relentlessly with me and behind the scenes to create this. This is a real team effort and I feel very proud of what we have all achieved.”
“I most especially want to thank all the children who took part in the workshops and have helped inspire this amazing playground. Their ideas and enthusiasm has been fantastic and spurred us on all the way through this project.”
Chris Harrop. Group Marketing Director, Marshalls plc, said: “This is great news. The team led by Ian has worked tirelessly to achieve this result. What makes this even more special is that this garden has been influenced so strongly by the children, who have been involved at every stage. We feel that Marshalls has proved here that it is possible to achieve a garden that kids really want, that excites and entices them to enjoy the outdoor environment and yet it can still be a beautiful, aspirational space that adults could enjoy.
“Further to this we have created the garden using a third less carbon than last year - when we used our garden to highlight the ethical issues of imported Indian sandstone. By utilising UK and European materials and minimising transport costs. After the show the garden will be recreated once again at one of the Marshalls Gardens & Driveways Display Centres in Enfield where visiting children can fully enjoy the space for years to come.”
Marshalls plc is the principal sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for three years (2007-2009). Working with the RHS this provides the perfect opportunities for Marshalls to promote quality garden design through Marshalls Gardens & Driveways Centres and promote sustainability in hard landscaping.
The sponsorship will also help the RHS, the UK’s leading gardening charity, to fund work to help gardeners and advance horticulture through its gardens, events, education programmes and scientific research.
Marshalls is the UK’s leading manufacturer of superior natural stone and innovative concrete hard landscaping products, supplying the construction, home improvement and landscape markets. Marshalls provides the product ranges, design services, technical expertise, innovative ideas and inspiration to transform gardens, drives and public and commercial landscapes.