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‘A Place to Think’ wins Silver Medal at RHS Hampton Court

Published Thursday, 5th July 2018

Award presentation

The council’s Early Help, Family Support and Youth Offending Service are celebrating after receiving a silver medal at the 2018 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show at yesterday’s (July 02) press day.

The garden, which was designed by Professional Gardeners Guild trainee James Callicott and Tony Wagstaff of the EHFSYOS team, was designed to offer a relaxed environment which enables students to focus and study for exams, while also providing a safe and enclosed area. The combination of warm pinks, shades of purple and cool blues creates a calming atmosphere across the garden.

The garden gave youth offenders and those living with Dementia the opportunity to work cohesively and create a garden that is relaxing and peaceful.

The silver medal means the council’s youth offending team has now won a total of ten awards at the RHS Hampton Court Palace flower show, including four bronze medals, four silver medals and 2 silver-gilt medals.

Cllr Helen Boyd, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “It is a wonderful achievement to win a medal at any level, and to win a medal at an RHS event is spectacular, but to win a total of ten medals at RHS Hampton Court over the past 11 years is something we as a town should be immensely proud of.

“The hardworking team who put in real time and effort to really put Southend on the horticultural map deserve unprecedented praise. We are now a household name at RHS Hampton Court, with a number of attendees seeking out our garden to see what we have produced this year.

“With the people’s choice award voting now open, I would like to urge all residents to fully get behind this wonderful garden, which has given opportunities to those who may not necessarily get them elsewhere.”

Voting for the garden in the ‘People Choice’ category is now open until 9am Friday 06 July. You can vote for ‘A Place to Think’ by visiting the RHS Hampton Court website. 

See an interview with James Callicott, professional gardeners’ guild trainee on our Youtube channel.

See an interview with Tony Wagstaff, member of the EHFSYOS team on our Youtube channel.