Proving that the quest for sustainable living need not represent the sacrifice of designer style, Marshalls plc has struck silver for its striking and highly topical “Sustainability Garden” show garden. The garden shows that there is no need to lose out in the style stakes in the pursuit of an environmentally and ethically aware domestic garden.
The unique “Marshalls’ Sustainability Garden” was designed and built by Scenic Blue, an award winning Marshalls’ specialist business. The garden is designed to appeal to the emerging “conscience consumer”, consumers who place increasing importance on issues relating to climate change, ethical and social values and the economic impact of globalisation. As such, the garden’s striking aesthetic appeal has been combined with a number of key strategies to encourage a sustainable lifestyle, including the recycling of grey water, the production of solar power, the planting of fruit, vegetables and flowers, and the use of recycled and ethically sourced materials.
Commenting on the Medal, Chris Harrop, Marshalls Group Marketing Director, said:
“As proud supporters of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, this year, and for the next two years, Marshalls wanted to create a truly different and stunning garden. The team is exceptionally pleased and delighted with the silver medal and we look forward to the 2008 show! I would like to thank the whole team for the hard work that was involved in the design and build of the garden.”
The Marshalls award winning garden
Epitomising organised style, the space is clearly defined by a series of orderly paved pathways. A studio building housed beneath an earth, rubble mound provides a multi use space. This, along with the unusually shaped irrigation pool, combines to create two
strong focal points for this ultra modern outdoor room. The garden’s boundary walls are constructed from recycled scaffolding boards. The recycling theme is continued with the inclusion of stone rubble-filled gabions (metal mesh crates) to create retaining walls for the mound and studio building and the use of recycled glass has been used to make cubes to form the walls around the pool area. A screened composting area provides a further reminder of the garden’s commitment to sound environmental practices.
All of the Marshalls’ Indian Sandstone used in the garden is Marshalls’ ethically sourced Haworth Moor, produced in accordance with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) 9 point base code, and independently audited to approve compliance. Marshalls is sadly the only company in the hard landscaping industry to belong to the ETI.
For full details of Marshalls sustainability practices, and its membership of the ETI please log on to www.marshalls.co.uk/sustainability