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Designer marks decade of award-winning show gardens at RHS Malvern Spring Festival with litter and rubbish

An award-winning olive tree grower will incorporate litter which has been captured from the sea or combed from beaches around the UK into a show garden at this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

This will be the tenth consecutive show garden at RHS Malvern by olive tree specialists Villaggio Verde, the longest ever run by a grower. To mark the decade they will be designing a garden called ‘Taverna Cove’.

It will be inspired by a family-owned taverna in Greece which is only accessible by coastal path or the sea. The family manages and maintains the taverna and the land around it, with pines and olive trees dominating the surroundings.

Small beaches around the cove leave evidence of fishing activities both from the past and present and with small moored fishing boats in the cove waters.

The Villaggio Verde team will be designing and constructing the garden to include pieces of glass, driftwood, bits of nets and rope, which has been combed from beaches or captured from the sea through Fishing For Litter, a UK initiative which aims to reduce marine litter with trawlermen cleansing the sea as they capture fish.

Jason Hales, owner of Villaggio Verde, said:
“We are procuring lots of this waste which has been captured along the British coastline and will be using it around the cove and in the garden.

“This is going to be perceived as an active cove with a light chop on the sea, and we need to have things like washed up broken lobster pots and other trademark items you would find on its shore to make the scene realistic and authentic.”

The four-day festival runs from May 7 to 10 in association with boutique travel company Great Little Breaks. For the first year ever it will hold special Music at Malvern outdoor concert series featuring performances by national treasure Lesley Garrett, the 54-piece English Symphony Orchestra and a Garden Party with BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley.

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