Green activist plants garden for Chelsea show

A Peppard environmental activist planted a garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Lynne Lambourne, 47, used it as an opportunity to highlight sustainable practices and inspire people to reuse and recycle.

The 20 by 10 meter garden was commissioned by garden tool supplier Gardena to coincide with its own campaign promise of ‘reduce, repair and recycle’.

Ms. Lambourne, an interior designer, themed the garden around rewilding and the idea of ​​nature taking back control of the planet.

She said: “It’s a garden with a thought behind it that makes you stop and think about nature. I have tried to move you from the idea that there is a climate crisis to more climate conscious behavior.

“It’s about bringing the ecosystem back to life – we can start in our own backyard and adapt our everyday lives for the good of the planet.”

The garden will have an old petrol pump, some old electrical boxes and upcycled pieces that Mrs Lambourne salvaged in and around Henley.

She has also built various functions out of scrap materials.

Ms Lambourne said: “It’s not going to be what you imagine a pretty country garden to be.

“There will be ferns, succulents and ivy and I will build a living wall through which plants will grow to make it seem like nature is taking over. There will also be things you wouldn’t normally find in your garden to make it seem like nature is taking back the planet.

“There will be an old shopping cart and baskets that I will put up to show how we should focus on growing rather than wasting food.

“I also bought an old chair from the British Heart Foundation and am going to make a bench out of old blocks of wood. I’ve been searching in containers all over Henley, taking trips to construction sites and working on leads if anyone finds anything.

“I took bits of wood like floorboards and old decking and will use these to build a wall.

“It’s not a garden where you can buy everything. Much of this is made or salvaged by me and I have purchased many of the plants from the Ways and Means Trust in Peppard.”

Ms Lambourne, who has two children Kate, 14, and Grace, 17, who attend Oratory School in Woodcote, had to agree on the garden design with her client and the show’s organizers.

She said: “I sat down with the company and presented them with my vision and made sure I had interpreted the messages they wanted to convey in the way they wanted.

“We’ve been working on this since October and we also had to get everything approved by Chelsea.

“We started construction last week Wednesday and need to have it ready by Sunday when it is judged. The royal visit is on Monday and press day is on Tuesday.

“I’ll use every minute of those 11 days as I have to build everything, but I’m getting some help from Wayne Perrey, a carpenter who worked with Alan Titchmarsh.”

Mrs. Lambourne, who was named Great designs Interior Designer of the Year 2017 for a living room with upcycled furniture and recycled materials says that as much of the garden as possible will be reused after the show.

She will share some items with a school for which she designed a garden while other parts will be sold and many of the plants will go back to the Ways and Means Trust to be resold.

Ms Lambourne said: “Nothing or very little is wasted because that is the whole point. It’s about time our gardening helps the planet move from climate crisis to climate conscious business.”

The Chelsea Flower Show runs from Tuesday to next Saturday. Ms. Lambourne’s exhibition is located at stand PW246a.

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