Partnered with Joe Perkins MSGD
As part of our commitment to championing nature-based solutions to climate change and preserving our forests, this year for the second year running, we teamed up with award-winning landscape architect Joe Perkins to landscape our Main Avenue Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show shape .
The Meta Garden: Growing the Future was designed to highlight the connection between plants, soil and fungi in the forest ecosystem, bringing to life nature’s complex underground communication networks.
The award-winning design of the Meta Garden
The garden has an immersive design that showcases the versatility of wood. It features a stylized meadow showing nearly 3,000 plants from Britain and around the world; a forest bench in the form of a planted wooden crib wall; a rising forest edge of trees and shrubs overhanging a free-form timber canopy, and a central seating area that blends into the surroundings.
During the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Meta Garden won a gold medal in the Show Garden category.
Creating a sustainable legacy with the National Forest
“We are delighted that Joe has won an RHS Gold Medal for The Meta Garden: Growing the Future. An incredible amount of creativity, collaboration and craft has gone into this garden and this medal is an opportunity to celebrate the garden’s important themes of connections, communities and how we can work together to protect our beautiful British woodlands. This year we are proud to partner with the National Forest where this Gold Medal winning garden will make its home. The hope is that millions of people from local communities will be able to learn from and enjoy the garden in their new homes in the National Forest for years to come.”
– Steve Hatch, Vice President Northern Europe, Meta
Today, over 2.2 million people in the UK are part of one of the 14,000 gardening, conservation and forestry groups on Facebook, and #Gardening is in the top 1% of hashtags, followed by people on Instagram in the UK. During the pandemic we’ve seen a surge of enthusiastic plant lovers across the UK, coming together on places like Facebook groups and Instagram to share gardening tips and learn from each other. We were delighted to have worked with some of these UK creators to celebrate the launch of The Meta Garden, as well as the people, organizations and communities who come together on our platforms to enjoy, create and enjoy woodland and green spaces to maintain.