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Warrington success at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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A LANDSCAPE architect from Appleton Thorn has won the RHS Gold Medal and Best in Show at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Adam White, along with his designer partner Andree Davies, created the Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden.

The garden highlights the beneficial qualities of a therapeutic garden for children with various disabilities, in particular Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Adam and proud mum Sue

Playful and edible planting, wild grassy mounds, tree-top nests, a huge spinning boulder, hidden Zoflora woodland scent pots, a secret mushroom cave, a giant hollow oak log and opportunities to play and explore with water are all on offer. 

A number of secluded spaces within the garden offer somewhere safe to relax.

Following the show, the garden will be reimagined at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre at Keele University, which provides multi-disciplinary support for children with developmental disorders.

Adam, whose mum Susan used to run White’s Sports on Warrington Market and helped by watering the garden every day, said: “I am passionate about reconnecting children with nature and believe the design process is as important as the end product. 

“We have serious epidemic of nature deficit disorder in the UK and I hope this garden will showcase and raise awareness of how landscape and horticulture can create the perfect antidote. 

“The garden is designed to be accessible and inclusive for all children, including those with autism.

“Working with the children as part of the design process was hugely rewarding, and we are now looking forward to seeing them enjoy the wild garden and allowing their imaginations to run wild.”

The garden also has a narrative, beautifully illustrated by artist Josh Knowles and brought to life by Room60 Animation. 

You can follow the adventures of Hampton the Butterfly as he explores the garden by visiting the Davies White website or finding him on their You Tube channel.

You can vote for the #WildGarden in the RHS People’s Choice Award until 12 noon tomorrow Friday July 7 – www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs- hampton-court- palace-flower- show/rhs-peoples-choice-award

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  1. Well Done, Adam & Andree! Also to Susan.
    What a fabulous idea! Could something like this be recreated in Warrington?
    Facilities for children with disabilities are scarce in our town.
    When we have such talented people in Warrington it would be great to display their skills here – this would be a worthwhile project for ‘City for Culture’.

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