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RHS Chelsea garden moves to children’s centre

The bulk of Family Action’s award-winning garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 has been relocated to its permanent home at the Silkmore Children’s Centre in Stafford. The Family Monsters Garden, designed by Alistair Bayford of idverde which also built the garden, won a Gold medal and Best Artisan Garden. It will now reside in front of the Children Centre on the grounds of Silkmore Primary School.

idverde installed the trees, boulders and soil over the last two weeks. Due to the closure of schools and necessary social distancing measures in place, local families are helping to create the garden by growing plants from seeds at home and decorating pebbles with their children. The plants and pebbles will go in as the garden is completed and before it opens later this year.

Members of Family Action’s ESCAPE Community Allotment and Orchard in Swaffham, Norfolk, who helped create the Family Monsters Garden for the show last year, are also growing plants from their homes to be included in the relocated garden.

Family Action created the Family Monsters Garden with leading green service provider idverde to encourage families to talk about the everyday pressures they face, so that they don’t become overwhelming, as well as spend quality time together.




Trees for the garden have been chosen with obvious imperfections to convey how families can grow together after tackling challenges, with boulders of different shapes and sizes representing different family monsters that are made smaller by talking about them.

Garden designer Alistair Bayford has been leading the work to relocate the garden with skilled idverde apprentices, who will also provide the local community with the knowledge and skills to care for the garden long-term.

Doug Graham, CEO of idverde says: “We’re proud that there will be a lasting legacy when the Family Monsters Garden relocates to its new home at the Silkmore Children’s Centre in Stafford.

“It is more important than ever to support our families at the moment, and we are extremely pleased that local families are able to contribute to the garden from their homes. Thanks must also be extended to our idverde colleagues, Family Action, and all those members of the community who are supporting the movement and reconstruction of the garden, for their commitment and dedication in these challenging times.”

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