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West Pinchbeck landscaping firm up fr national award at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

A West Pinchbeck landscaping firm is one of four shortlisted for a national award at this summer’s special outdoor edition of BBC Gardeners’ World Live.

Each year, The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) challenges landscapers to submit designs for a themed back garden, with the prize of Best Show Garden.

Responding to the theme ‘A Very British Affair’, the team at Gunns & Roses, of Dozens Bank, has designed a space inspired by the UK’s manufacturing industry and brutalist architecture.

The Gunns & Roses design
The Gunns & Roses design

Celebrating the beauty of buildings, the garden balances large concrete blocks with delicate planting and grasses, working with a wild green and white palette.

Each garden in the competition is required to be a maximum of 50 square metres, to make a fit with modern homes and people who require low maintenance gardens.

The Gunns & Roses design aims to highlight how careful planting choices, good design and quality construction can change the perception of beauty in a garden.

The Show Garden Assessment Panel will include multi-award-winning designer Paul Stone and 30-year RHS Chelsea veteran and chairman Mark Gregory, alongside Steven Smith and Robert Hillier.

The panel will decide who takes home the accolade of Best APL Avenue Show Garden, while a public vote will choose the ‘Visitors’ Favourite’ award.

Hugh Gunn, director at Gunns & Roses, said: “There is so much inspiration to be drawn from in Britain, and we took our time before planning our build.

“Our manufacturing industry is renowned across the world, and we wanted to celebrate that and show how beautiful it can be. BBC Gardeners’ World Live is a huge event, and to be able to build a garden there is an amazing platform for us.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to impress the assessors and the public, and hopefully we’ll be bringing the award back home to Spalding.”

Bob Sweet, horticultural director of BBC Gardeners’ World Live, said: “Gunns & Roses has submitted a truly inspirational design.

“We know the garden will resonate with visitors, who’ll go home awash with ideas to try out. It’s a challenging build with intricate planting that perfectly fits the brief. I’m excited to see the finished garden.”

Gunns & Roses’ garden will be on display at this year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live Special Edition, taking place from Thursday, August 26 to Sunday, August 29 at Birmingham NEC. Visitors can see the competitors’ Show Gardens, get expert advice from green-fingered royalty such as Monty Don, Adam Frost and Carol Klein, and experience vibrant Beautiful Borders packed with inspiration for their own gardens.

Visitors to the show can also enjoy a selection of handpicked artisan food and a taste of summer from the outdoor BBC Good Food market.

For more details on Gunns & Roses design, details on all other Show Gardens, to see the line-up of experts and to purchase tickets, visit www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com

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