Visit www.ltl.org.uk for more information on these exciting projects.
One of the 'Art with a Message' Polli:Nation competition entries by Acton Primary School, Cheshire
From April 2017, Angie Turner is joining the Learning through Landscapes team. A national charity, based in Winchester and famed for encouraging schools and other groups to learn outside, Learning through Landscapes is a creative, imaginative and well-experienced organisation which runs a series of national outdoor projects. Angie will be delivering the Fruit-full Communities Project (urban orchard creation with YMCA's) across the Midlands and the North-West, and managing the Cheshire Polli:Nation Schools improving school grounds for our pollinating insects.
Visit www.ltl.org.uk for more information on these exciting projects.
Wild Academy has been extremely busy over the Summer months working on a variety of garden and nature based projects in Staffordshire and Cheshire.
The National Polli:Nation Project - working with 12 schools across Cheshire to survey habitats and visiting pollinators.
The Big Local GreenSpaces Project in North Stoke-on-Trent - community gardens, tree planting, nature-craft
The Fruit Full Communities Urban Orchard Project with YMCA North Staffordshire
For more details visit our partner organisation www.wildacademy.co.uk
Avid visitors to RHS Chelsea might spot some similarities with the planting tones of our Marshall's garden and that of Matthew Wilson's Yorkshire garden celebrating the beauty of York Minster (see his garden on Main Avenue), and that's because the plants have been grown by Howard's Nurseries, provided by Matthew and chosen by myself.
It is a small area, but plants carefully selected and located in the right place show off quality landscaping beautifully.
Our only tree is a Pomegranate tree, chosen to tone in beautifully with the Copper slate Stoneface which graces the wall behind. It is clothed in two Clematis from Thornycroft Nurseries (visit them inside the Floral Marquee) and under-planted with the delicate dancing white flowers of Orlaya grandiflora, the sturdy wide leaves of hosta, and interspersed with geranium.
On the other side of the garden, the beautiful tones of StoneFace Harvest Mix provide a more subtle backdrop for a slightly different mix of plants. Here, the lovely blue tones of Hosta Sieboldiana mix effortlessly with the paler colours behind adding pastel shades into this part of the display.
Come and visit us on Stand FR326 in the Fresh area for an 'up front and personal' experience with Marshalls stone.
The Marshalls Team started on site today under clear skies. Their Trade Stand in the Fresh area is showcasing a wide range of products both within a garden setting and in the form of a 'see-for-yourself' library at the back of the stand.
Being able to get 'up close and personal' with the stone is a unique opportunity for visitors coming to Chelsea this year. Although many Marshalls products are being used in the main show gardens, visitors are of course forbidden to interact with these spaces, hence the benefit of a trade space with an open invitation to see how the products look and feel first hand.
The garden is a small space, but it is filled with a wide range of different stone, illustrating the ability of the colour palette to guide choices which work well together.
Only four days are allowed for Trade Stand build-up, so there is a delicate balance between complexity, space to safely build, and time!
After only two days, the M-Team have created a stunningly landscaped space complete with two water features, two planting beds and seven different products.
The hard landscaping showcases:
1. Natural sandstone - Versuro sawn 'Autumn Bronze Multi' (inside covered area, back of stand; within the garden area)
2. Natural sandstone - Versuro sawn King Size Golden Sand Multi (planters)
3. Natural sandstone - Versuro sawn Linear planks 'Antique Silver Multi' (at the front of the garden)
4. Vitrified paving - Symphony Birch
5. Vitrified paving - Symphony Buff (inside covered area)
6. Stone Face Drystack Copper Slate (left-hand wall)
7. Stone Face Drystack Harvest Mix (right-hand wall)
The sandstone is of course Fairstone - Marshall's trademark stone which guarantees that no child labour has been used in it's production. Unicef benefit from every meter squared of Fairstone sold - an extremely high value, quality product with excellent ethics throughout the entire lifecycle of the stone.
Now, all that is needed are a few plants to bring the space alive...
I am delighted to be working with Marshalls on the design of their garden this year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!
The garden design is inspired by the promotion of health and well-being through our outdoor spaces and includes water features, which create a peaceful and relaxing ambiance, and Pomegranate trees promoting the benefits of growing fresh food at home even in the smallest of spaces. A wonderful combination of natural stone products sits alongside some truly delightful planting, inviting visitors to enter the garden and experience the quality of the products first hand.
It is the first time I have worked at RHS Chelsea and I am thrilled to have been invited to work alongside such an admirable and ethical UK company. We only have 4 days to complete our garden, and whilst it is small, it is quite intricate in places so we are hoping the weather stays on our side!
For over a century, Marshalls has been helping homeowners to achieve their dream outside space. The company offers the UK’s finest quality and most extensive range of patio and driveway products; including a wide range of stunning natural stone paving, walling and block paving options to suit any style of home.
Marshalls proudly leads the landscaping industry in the ethical sourcing of natural stone products from India. For nearly a decade the company has been working on the ground to improve the lives of Indian quarry workers and to raise awareness of the issue of child labour in this sector.
At this year’s RHS Chelsea, Marshalls is proud to be showcasing a range of its products at its stand located by the Fresh area, as well as offering advice and inspiration for how these products can be used to transform a space from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Marshalls’ experts will also be offering advice on how to avoid cowboy builders. The Marshalls Register of Accredited Landscapers & Driveway Installers is a national network of independent professional installers. They are not employed by Marshalls, but are strictly vetted and monitored by the company to assess their levels of competence and performance.
Marshalls’ Group Marketing Director, Chris Harrop, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be at this year’s RHS Chelsea. Our stand is all about offering visitors the inspiration and information they need to transform their front and back gardens.
“We’re showcasing products which are really on trend for 2016 as well as a range of classics and also some new material types, so there really is something for everyone.
“We understand that choosing a tradesman can be a stressful experience, so as well as inspiration we want to offer homeowners reassurance by being able to recommend installers from the Marshalls Register. We recently undertook research which told us that 99.7% of our end customers who have used a Register member would recommend them to other homeowners, so by choosing a Marshalls Register member you know you’re choosing the best in the business.”
I will be at the Marshalls stand on Tuesday 24 May to answer any questions about the design.
Watch this space for daily site blogs as we build the garden!
Our partner organisation, Wild Academy is delighted to announce that it has been commissioned to facilitate the involvement of 12 schools across Cheshire in the exciting national Heritage Lottery funded biodiversity and education project - Polli:Nation!
Polli:Nation is a UK wide initiative supporting pupils from 260 schools to turn their school grounds and other local walk-to spaces into pollinator friendly habitats.
To do this schools are encouraged to:
This cross-curricula secondary and primary school project will give pupils direct hands-on experiences over the next few years; from creating vertical green walls and night-blooming flower beds to lobbying to change school maintenance regimes and debating pesticide use. Pupils will learn about the role pollinating insects play in eco system services and be able to contextualise this in the choices and actions they take.
Alongside creating a network of knowledgeable and enthused young activists, the ambition of this programme is to utilise school grounds to form local green corridors and ‘stepping stones’, enabling species to move between core areas thereby contributing to the overall aim of the project by increasing numbers and sightings of pollinating insects in the UK.
The aim of the project is to engage and enthuse children and young people to protect pollinating insect species in the UK.
The outcome of the project is to see an increase in the number and diversity of pollinating insect species in school grounds and local community spaces across the UK.
A PhD Student from The University of Stirling will be following the project, collating the findings and working with the Polli:Nation network to access the success of the project.
Wild Academy will be working with 4 cluster of schools in Cheshire focussed around Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Nantwich.
Angie Turner, Director of Wild Academy said "We are thrilled to be part of such an imaginative and important project. A national network of school clusters will really make a difference to the habitat network for pollinators and the skills that the children pick up along the way will stay with them for life!"
If you would like to know more about Polli:Nation visit www.polli-nation.co.uk
Polli:Nation is a partnership project coordinated by Learning through Landscapes working with Butterfly Conservation, Buglife, OPAL and The Field Studies Council and funded by the national Heritage Lottery Fund.
Our partner organisation, Wild Academy is thrilled to announce that they have been commissioned to run a series of community activities as part of the Stoke North Big Local area. The work is all focussed on engaging people with their local greenspaces - from co-ordinating and encouraging activities as part of National Nest Box Week, to working with older residents to redesign community gardens and allotment plots. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, commissioned by the partnership and co-ordinated by Staffordshire Housing Association, it promises to be an exciting time ahead!
Wild Academy focusses on engaging communities and schools in their local greenspaces and own back yards. Visit www.wildacademy.co.uk for further information.
A passion for connecting people, and especially children, has led to the creation of Wild Academy - an activity-based arm of Angie Turner Designs. From Forest School to Mathematical Pirates, Wild Academy can help schools and community groups access and understand the world around them in a fun and imaginative way!
Visit the website at: www.wildacademy.co.uk
Lime Tree Primary Academy, a pioneering school in South Manchester is bringing learning outdoors. Its status as a ‘forest school’ called for a unique and inspiring design, imagining the new development as a ‘walk in the woods’, with the buildings and landscape combining to create a rich and varied environment for students and teachers to explore and cultivate.
The building was designed to create a physical and metaphysical forest, where the line between the outdoors and the indoors is blurred. There are external columns clad in real tree bark, branch-like timber brise soleil, green and sky blue cladding inspired by leaves in the sunlight and classrooms full of natural light connected by ‘forest clearings’, where trees emerge within central courtyards and avenues.
Within the wider landscape a combination of hard and soft landscape elements complement the built form, allowing the landscape to link in and out of each classroom cluster and offering multiple educational resources.
The grounds include several dedicated forest school areas, including a working farm.
This clever design enables the school to take all aspects of the curriculum outside, almost every day of the year. As Alison Dean, Head of School, said, “Some of the learning that’s gone on outside is what’s most memorable and is what stays with the children”.
Wording by Chris Raven, LTL Accredited Landscape Advisor and Senior Landscape Architect at Atkins
Click here to see a youtube video clip about LIME TREE PRIMARY ACADEMY.
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