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Uckfield branch customer wins
Gardener’s World Best in Show


Landscape and Garden Designer Richard Wanless, a regular customer at our Uckfield branch, has won the prestigious Best in Show Award and a Gold medal at this year’s BBC Gardener’s World Live Show and Parkers are proud to have supported his efforts by sponsoring the winning project.

If ever there was a time to challenge for glory at the live event based on the legendary BBC TV gardening programme it had to be this year, with the show marking its 50th Anniversary on air.

Richard’s Twigs Landscape Design company were asked to build a garden to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the programme and, as a result, their ‘Romance in the Ruins’ feature, designed by Claudia de Yong, scooped a Gold medal and the 'Best in Show' award.

The garden is inspired by the medieval Beeston Castle in Cheshire and features a tumbled-down walled garden inside the ruins of a castle style folly.

Pictured below: From Claudia de Yong’s original drawings, the Twigs team in the process of landscaping the award winning installation


The boys from Twigs, with the contribution of construction materials from Parker Building Supplies and the assistance of a company called Big Fish Landscapes, had to become expert in the art of castle building. But the bricklayers enjoyed the challenge - for once not having to make everything look perfect!

Claudia de Yong said "The day arrived for the start of the show build following a period of baking heat and the weather (typically) turned. From a bare plot, work soon started and had to move pretty swiftly as the first deliveries arrived. Working very long days, often 11 hours, with great professional landscapers, the months of planning began to become a reality and very exciting.

“However well planned, there will always be changes made to a garden build. You will often use materials you haven’t used before, the weather will affect things and measurements need altering. With a build of this type it is also very much in the visual, constantly making sure the garden is working from every viewpoint.

“The garden took shape on an hour to hour basis, and the whole space was slowly transformed into an enclosed oasis. The front tower was complete and the ivy and ferns took hold as if they had always been there. Once the trees had gone in, the hedging was painstakingly placed in position despite the wind blowing it over at every opportunity!”

Of course all the hard efforts were worthwhile with the Best in Show Award and Gold Medal taking pride of place next to Richard and the Twigs Boys’ various other trophies including Hampton Court Flower Show awards.

Congratulations to everyone involved and many thanks to Richard for his loyal custom over the years. We make a great team!

Clockwise from top left: Richard Wanless; The builders and landscapers work against the clock to prepare the show garden; The initial setting up at the site; and Planting at the rear of one of the turrets

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