SSMF ‘New West End Garden’ wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show
The judging is now over and we are delighted to announce that our garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has won a prestigious Gold Medal. For the third year running the Foundation has had a garden at the Show, this time a 'Space to Grow' Garden right in front of the Royal Hospital.
The Sir Simon Milton Foundation ‘New West End Garden’ in partnership with the New West End Company, has been designed and produced by award-winning garden designer Kate Gould as a contemporary interpretation of the architecture of a London square.
New West End Company, which represent over 600 businesses in the West End, partnered with the The Portman Estate and Wild West End to create the garden, which also boasts a central sculpture and a partially sunken space enclosed by vertical green walls.
Matthew Sykes, Chief Executive, Sir Simon Milton Foundation said:"As a Westminster based charity who strive to create communities that care, we are thrilled to be involved in the New West End Garden, which will bring an oasis of calm to the City and to those who live and work in the West End".
After the show, the garden will be relocated to a site in London’s West End to create a rich habitat for wildlife, improve air quality and provide a new, calm public space. For the first time, Pavegen is integrating photo-voltaic solar panels with its kinetic energy paving system to power the classical water feature in the garden. The solar panels will enable the system to generate energy during times of low footfall.
The garden has been drawing huge crowds, including when celebrities who queued up to be photographed in the calm, tranquil setting.