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From TV presenter to garden designer – Cotswold Kate scoops gardening prize

She’s been an actress, TV presenter, model and Mrs Heartbeat, but now Cotswold celebrity Kate Durr is adding another string to her bow – as a garden designer.

Despite being just seven weeks into a year-long diploma course at the Cotswold Gardening School to train to become a professional garden designer, Kate has won a chance to build a garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in early May.

The former presenter of Guinness World Records alongside Ian Wright has been busy raising children recently, but took up garden designing earlier this year.

She has been named the winner of the national RHS Festival Garden competition, which is run to inspire and encourage up-and-coming landscape gardeners.

She wins a £3,000 bursary and expert support to turn her entry into reality for the big show in May.

“Raised in the countryside I’ve always loved plants and gardening,” she said. “Creating gardens for our homes over the years in London, Los Angeles and now Wiltshire, inspired me to turn my passion into a career. My tutor, designer Caroline Tatham, suggested I submit a design for the competition and to my delight, it was selected.

“The RHS have been most encouraging and very helpful. I am fortunate they have created the Festival Garden category at Malvern for newbies just like me,” she added.

Her garden is entitled ‘Constraining Nature’, and is supporting cancer charity Ucare, and sponsored by Whatley Manor hotel.

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