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Leeds Golden Garden Unveiled

The show garden which secured a second gold medal in a row for Leeds at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011 has been moved to Roundhay Park – its new permanent home. The new garden stands next to the Hesco Garden 2010 which made history by becoming the first local authority-produced garden ever to win a gold medal at Chelsea.

The Hesco Garden 2011 was designed by Martin Walker. Influenced by a love for his home town and is heritage, he directly referenced the industrial watermills by including a traditional Yorkshire mill with a working water wheel as the centrepiece of the garden. Surrounding the mill is semi-naturalistic planting, and also a ‘mill pond’ with graduated bog areas planted with water forget-me-not. Martin’s aim was to use sound, sight, and scent to create an atmosphere of days gone by.

The 2011 garden was the third Chelsea entry sponsored by Hesco Bastion Limited, whose owner Jimi Heselden died in an accident in September 2010. Jimi’s widow Julie, and council leader Keith Wakefield unveiled the newly installed garden and paid tribute to the businessman and philanthropist. Wakefield said “today we are celebrating gold and that could not have been achieved without Jimi Heselden who gave so much to this city. It is another stunning design and together with the previous three Chelsea gardens which are now on display all together, it really does make this area of the park an outstanding visitor attraction. Everyone who worked on this garden and in fact all of our Chelsea gardens can be very proud.”

Its relocation to Roundhay Park has been funded by Hesco Bastion Ltd and the Caird Bardon Community Programme, with the Friends of Roundhay Park also playing a key role.

Written by Rose Hales, Wednesday 8 August 2012

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