Cup awarded for best sustainable garden at Shrewsbury Flower Show 2017

11 August 2017

This year’s theme for the show gardens was Buffalo Bill and the Wild West, and Alison Fisher, Board member at The Wrekin Housing Trust, was thrilled to award this year’s cup for the best sustainable garden to Pippa Willcox Gardens and Warren Vette, of F3RNZ Natural Landscape & Design of Shropshire. Celebrity gardeners Joe Swift and Penny Meadmore were pleased to judge the winning garden, which also took home a large gold medal.

Winners Shrewsbury Flower Show 2017(L-R Alison Fisher, Pippa Wilcox, Warren Vette, Joe Swift and Penny Meadmore)

Alison commented “So much hard work and dedication goes into producing an award winning show garden, and we really appreciate that, having participated in the Show Gardens here at the Shrewsbury Flower Show for many years. We know it makes you feel extra proud to receive the recognition by an actual award, and this year's garden is the most deserving winner of the best sustainable garden award, now in its sixth year. Visitors to the show can all take great ideas back to their own gardens too from all these inspirational show gardens”.

Winning garden at Shrewsbury Flower Show 2017

After achieving gold medals for their own show gardens for many years, keen to support the Horticultural Society and their excellent Flower Show on an ongoing basis, the Trust for the last six years has sponsored the annual award for the ‘best sustainable garden’.

The criteria the judges look for in the garden are based around having innovative, cost-effective features that can be reused in a normal domestic garden. This fits in very well with the Trust’s whole ethos of sustainability.

The Wrekin Housing Trust is also exhibiting at the show this year showcasing their work across Shropshire. A series of demonstrations including planting a flower planter and cooking will take place throughout the day from partners The Furniture Scheme, Shropshire Housing Alliance and Reviive. Visitors can also find out about new stylish ShireLiving apartments for the over 55s which open soon in Bicton, Shrewsbury and Ashwood, Oswestry.

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