Countryfile 30th Anniversary Garden announced for Hampton Court

A special garden showcasing the diverse landscapes of the British countryside will feature at the 2018 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (3-8 July 2018) to celebrate the BBC1 Countryfile 30th anniversary.

Countryfile’s 30th Anniversary Garden, designed by award winning garden designer Ann-Marie Powell, is inspired by the British landscape and will encourage visitors to reconnect with nature to mark the anniversary of one of Britain’s best loved and most watched TV programmes, which shares the people and stories at the heart of the British countryside.

The wonders of a concealed, yet critically important world that resides on our doorsteps and the wider countryside are explored within Countryfile’s 30th Anniversary Garden, which also explores the experiences and journeys of those who live, work or even simply visit the diverse British Isles.

The tiered landscape represents different areas of the British Isles, from the Scottish Highlands, Yorkshire dales and moors to woodlands in North Wales, coastal areas, the streams, rivers and coast of the south and Ireland.

Each area has its own characteristics with unique stone, plant and wildlife habitat. For the Scottish highlands there will be Gabbro boulders, Scot’s pine, Vaccinium myrtillus (blaeberry), Calluna vulgaris and Ligusticum scoticum (Scot’s lovage). The dales and moors will be bright with an abundance of Crataegus (hawthorn), and rock rose Helianthemum nummularium and wild thyme. Weathered limestone will feature here. In North Wales, woodland trees such as Fagus sylvatica, our native beech, will feature alongside slate outcrops and along the coast Crambe maritima will nestle alongside Crithmum maritimum and Glaucium flavum.

Bill Lyons, executive editor of Countryfile said: “This is such a wonderful idea. For many people their back garden is their very own piece of the great outdoors – a haven where home life meets wildlife. We’re grateful to the RHS and to Ann-Marie for their vision in bringing the very best that the whole of Britain has to offer into this one very special garden to celebrate Countryfile’s 30th anniversary. I’m sure that it will be a source of inspiration for everyone who visits it.”

Ann-Marie Powell says: “It is both an honour and a joy to create this wonderful garden for Countryfile at one of the biggest and most famous gardening events in the world. It’s going to be very different to any garden that has ever been at Hampton before and I’ve loved researching and being inspired by Britain’s amazing landscapes whilst creating my design.

“I hope it encourages people to think about the diversity of plants they can grow in their own gardens wherever they are in the UK to support our precious wildlife and get people to reconnect with nature.”

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