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Bradstone Biodiversity garden wins Silver medal at RHS Chelsea Flower show

May 2010

Landscape gardeners and designers at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show had the chance to see the best of budding British design talent, when Paul Hervey-Brookes, the outgoing Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship, unveiled his Bradstone Biodiversity Garden.

Paul’s garden appearing at Chelsea is the grand finale to the twelve month scholarship during which Paul has been mentored by Chris, in addition to receiving business advice and technical support from scholarship sponsors Bradstone.

The garden, which was awarded a Silver medal, has been designed to highlight how a desirable environment can be created which works successfully for both people and wildlife.

The Bradstone Biodiversity Garden showcased a variety of bespoke sustainable landscape products from Bradstone and Bradstone Structural Solutions.

Key features included Bradstone Old Town Conservation, featuring up to 85% recycled and reconstituted aggregate, and a bespoke portico with stone bird roosting blocks, designed by Bradstone Structural Solutions. A trough and log walls, made from Ashlar and Environmasonry blocks, were designed to attract a variety of ‘at risk’ garden insects and mammals. Harvest Gold Gravel was also used to complement the richly planted borders of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals which were buzzing with insects throughout the show.

As a signed up partner of the International Year of Biodiversity , Aggregate Industries and Chris Beardshaw are passionate about biodiversity and Chris Beardshaw said, “I am delighted that Paul has embraced the challenge of creating a biodiverse garden so effectively. His design illustrates why gardeners have no need to compromise on the beauty of their open spaces when creating valuable habitats for wildlife.

“Paul has been an excellent scholar and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with him throughout 2009.

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