Horticulture students at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall have contributed to the College’s competition medal haul with a silver award in the professional category at Gardeners World Live at the NEC (August 26 to 29).
The mature students and DCG Horticulture teacher Mike Baldwin designed and built a garden which celebrates and unveils the Derby MS Society’s transformation into The Lilian Prime Trust – to provide housing for people living with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions.
The garden is now open to the public who walk through an arch to be met by a figure sculpture and then to a structure at the end of the garden - signifying a new home provided by the Lilian Prime Trust. Features in the wheelchair-friendly garden include a soothing water feature and a bench which allows visitors to relax, breath everything in and feel at ‘home’.
The planting is intended to create a sense of calm and well-being – creating shade and height and raised beds to represent longevity.
Mike Baldwin said: “We have a great track record for winning medals in the competitions that we entered over the years and I am delighted that the students’ vision and hard work has been recognised with this very worthy silver medal at Gardeners World Live. “The feedback from the Lilian Prime Trust, our sponsors and all the visitors so far has been extremely positive.