The @thtorguk Bridge to 2030 garden at the #rhschelseaflowershow this year is very much a Welsh garden. Terry Higgins who was among the first people known to die of an AIDS related illness in the UK was himself from Pembrokeshire, Wales.
We are working with @penrhyn_welsh_slate part of the @breedongroup who are corporate partners for our Chelsea garden. They are generously supplying the Welsh slate and feature stones for the project. Myself and Leigh from @yorelanddesign (building the garden) spent two really productive days with Michael and John at both Penrhyn and Ffestiniog quarries selecting the most beautiful materials and discussing the processing of them. We were also joined by our lead stone mason Xander from @carregelwy our furniture designer @swynanwylfurniture and Adrian Gray of @stonebalancing …More on the team and the exciting elements in the garden they are involved with soon!
The majority of the stone we are using is either reclaimed or bi-product material from the quarry, so not only is the material beautiful but sustainable too. Over 500 million years old, the material is widely recognised as the finest natural slate in the world with a life expectancy of over 100 years.
When talking about sustainability I am always keen that we think about people and communities too. Welsh slate has been mined in these quarries for hundreds of years supporting the livelihoods of generations of local people. In turn these rural communities have been custodian’s of the beautiful surrounding Snowdonia landscape, its wildlife and habitats. We are proud to be using a beautiful, high quality Welsh material.
We have chosen to use slate from the Ffestiniog quarry. Dark grey in colour with an iron oxide content giving it wonderful rusty orange characteristics. Not only will it complement the rusty metals in the garden, but it will be a foil for the planting allowing it to pop!
@thtorguk #bridgeto2030garden sponsored by @project.giving.back #matthewchildsdesign
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