Stoke-on-Trent Garden Partnership is unveiling its first garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
For the centenary year of the show, this unique show garden is being created to tell the story of Stoke-on-Trent’s
journey from a rich industrial past into a modern, contemporary city.
It is one of the greenest cities in the country with 20 per cent public open space, and Stoke-on-Trent is leading an innovative approach to using its resources to become a more sustainable city in terms of energy.
More than 20 sponsors have come together to finance the project and showcase the changes and developments that are happening
in Stoke-on-Trent to the world.
Designed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council Landscape Team, the ‘Transformation’ garden is one of only 15 show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from May 21-25, 2013.
It is intended that a presence at Chelsea will deliver commercial benefits for the sponsors as well as generating interest from developers keen to invest in this transforming city.
Many of the backers are local firms and investors with the main sponsor being Bartholomew Landscaping, a BALI award winning landscaping company based in London.
Managing Director of Bartholomew Landscaping, Barry Burrows is excited to be helping showcase Stoke-on-Trent on the global horticultural stage that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
He said: “We are utterly delighted to be bringing the design, conceived in Stoke-on-Trent, to full bloom at Chelsea.
We will utilise the many years of landscape expertise available at Bartholomew’s to work with our partners and do Stoke-on-Trent
Crucial to the design is a skeleton of a pottery bottle kiln which represents the city’s potteries heritage. In contrast, a sunken seating area at the front of the garden echoes the contemporary living spaces being created in the city and the £350m City Sentral development which will make Stoke-on-Trent a major retail and leisure destination.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport, said: "Stoke-on-Trent is transforming into a contemporary modern city while still retaining its very special character.
“Our city centre is becoming much more attractive thanks to £2.1m public realm works, providing a more welcoming shopping environment, with natural stone paving and granite benches, new lighting and trees.
"The area is literally getting its biggest makeover in a generation. A large scale retail and leisure development will greatly improve the offer in the city centre and a new Central Business District will bring large scale investment, jobs and growth.
“I am proud we are showcasing these landmark developments on the Chelsea Flower Show stage.”
Staffordshire University and the British Ceramics Biennial have been working with hundreds of local school children in the making of thousands of ceramic flowers that will form a key feature of the garden.
Designers, Stoke-on-Trent City Council Landscape Team have previously won RHS Tatton Park Flower Show Local Authority Flower Bed Competition, gold medals in consecutive years and three Best in Shows.
The Stoke-on-Trent Garden Partnership sponsors :
ANS Group (Europe)
British Ceramics Biennial Ltd
David Austin Roses
Folia Europe Ltd
Fountains and Features Ltd
Halfpenny Green Vineyards
Lorenz von Ehren
William Mellard & Sons Ltd
Mobilane (UK) Ltd
PCT Engineering Ltd
Silva Timber Products
Staffordshire Housing Association
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
The Trentham Estate
W. Moorcroft Ltd
Worfield Gardens Wholesale Nursery
For all media enquiries contact Ciara Hill in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232130