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Candide Cuttings: Saved Allotments, RHS Bridgewater Garden and Brit's Dream Garden

Published on April 16th 2019

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Saved Allotments

Allotments in Birmingham have been saved following fears of relocation for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Council Leader Ian Ward met with allotment representatives last week to announce that the Walsall Road allotments would not be relocated as part of the long-term regeneration plan following the games.
They have, instead, inspired the creation of a public space that is focused on leisure and wellbeing.
Over 13,500 people had signed a petition to save 120-year old allotments, following a social media campaign run by residents.
Betty Farruggia, Site Manager and the person behind the famous ‘Robert the allotment cat’ twitter page, said: ‘I am elated to hear that the allotment site will be retained.’
‘We will work closely with the council in the months and years ahead to facilitate the smooth running of the Games and further develop the strong feeling of community that we have here and in the wider area.’

RHS Bridgewater Garden

A view of a house
Image from the RHS
To celebrate the opening of the RHS Garden Bridgewater in 2020, Tom Stuart-Smith is designing the biggest garden at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show.
Tom Stuart-Smith is an award-winning Landscape Architect and is master planning the 154-acre RHS Garden Bridgewater, one of the largest gardening projects in Europe.
To celebrate, he is designing a feature garden at RHS Chelsea, which will not be judged. It will be double the size of the show gardens and will take inspiration from Bridgewater, including steel space frames and an extensive perennial meadow.
The planting is made up of varieties adapted to the damp mossy soils of Bridgewater and include many moisture-loving plants like Darmera, Rodgersia and Iris siberica.
Some Darmera peltata flowers in a garden

Indian Rhubarb

Darmera spp.


Rodgersia spp.

A purple Iris sibirica flower on a plant

Siberian Iris

Iris sibirica

Tom Stuart-Smith said: ‘I thought I would never ‘do another Chelsea’ but this is too wonderful an opportunity; to publicise the extraordinary project at RHS Bridgewater which I am so proud to be a part of.’
The garden will be transplanted to RHS Garden Bridgewater after the show.
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British Dream Garden

A boat sitting on top of a table
A survey conducted by B&Q has revealed the average Brits’ dream garden.
Two thousand adults with gardens revealed that their ideal garden is south facing, 48 feet long and may feature a seating area, a vegetable plot and plenty of flowers.
Other highly desired features included a large lawn, a Summer house, a patio and bird feeder.
One in ten said their outdoor space is the most important aspect of their home and spend an average of five and a half hours outside in the summer. Garden prep begins for a third of people in March, who spend an average of ten hours getting it ready.
Top reasons holding people back from achieving their dream garden included not knowing where to start and not having enough space. They also believe that it will set them back an average of £1770 and a sixth of people admit to not having the creative vision.

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