Over the course of this weekend I had been invited to share an afternoon with many enthusiastic gardeners as a panelist on a Gardens Question Time. This was not with the BBC Radio 4 programme but rather a more local affair. The Panelists including a well respected florist, Head Gardener from one of the Cotswolds leading gardens and chairing the event was a BBC Producer and host of a well loved Gardening programme. Sat in a huge marquee looking over a broad lake we enjoyed a varied number of questions, from pest and disease on a lady's Cape Gooseberry to recommendations for plants to grow on an exposed steep bank with very shallow soil.
After the question time we spent time chatting more informally with the gardens who had all attended, I must say the marquee was heaving with people, largely due to the fact that this was an exclusive event for the Untied Kingdom's largest group of garden centre's Gardening Club and it was great to talk to so many people with such varied interests with gardening.
I have to confess to being on somewhat of a high over the weekend as on Friday an envelope landed in our office announcing we had won an International Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice. After the sheer shock and lots of chatter between myself and couple of people in the office, I sat down to read the letter slightly more throughly.
As you may know this year I designed a garden at Chelsea Flower Show for Bradstone. As part of the garden I also designed a product we called the Crevice Nesting Portico. Intended for use on housing and light industrial building projects the portico was designed to replace a standard portico with one which also made provision for nesting sites within the fabric of the building. Many smaller birds in the United Kingdom such as House Sparrow,Passer domesticus, actively nest in building, normally in the crevices around the building'd roof or if it is very old behind climbing plants where ever architectural detail allows. The portico was design classically with recesses' the entire length which are the average width and depth of a House Sparrow's nest. The prototype of the portico was used in the Chelsea Garden and well received by both the media and trade.
In November I shall be off to the House's of Parliament in London to accept the award, which I was rather thrilled and surprised to receive.