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John Cavill, from Simply Gardening in the UK, has won his second Silver Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2009 show in Birmingham England. John won his first silver medal at the show in 2006.
John has been using DS|Design since 2002 to design and build gardens to the highest quality standards in his area. For this year’s show he designed a garden called A World Outside the Classroom to show you don't need a large budget to create a sustainable kitchen garden for children. This garden also won the peoples award for best show garden. (see the Press Release below)
John's Winning Garden in 2009 and the Labyrinth from 2006
BBC Gardener’s World Live this year at Birmingham in the UK was host to “A World outside the Classroom” which was a show garden build by Simply Gardening and Simply Gardening for Schools to show everybody how a sustainable kitchen garden and wildlife are for children can be built on a limited budget.
It was designed using Dynascape Design software by John Cavill of Simply Gardening who also designed the award winning “Labyrinth” in 2006 that was the largest show garden in the world at 1000m2 and won a Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medal.
This year not only did John win a prestigious Royal Horticulture Society silver medal but he also won the peoples vote for the best show garden with a massive 41,000 votes which was 21% of all the votes cast at the show and in lots of ways this was the more important award of the event as it shows how the public perceive kitchen and wildlife areas in shows.
TV presenter Joe Swift filmed the opening of Gardeners World from inside the garden and celebrities like chef Ainslie Herriot voiced their opinions on the garden and the grow it you own theme that added weight to all that the garden achieved. Supporting letters were sent from Alan Titchmarsh and Ed Balls and school teachers from all over the world came to learn from what was on display.
Alan Titchmarsh said this to John: “Anything we do to raise the awareness of the benefits & the importance or growing plants among children is hugely important” Good Luck John.
After the show had finished the whole garden was carefully dismantled and re built at Leys Farm Junior School in Bottesford, Nth Lincolnshire. The School already have an established gardening club that grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables but now they have a full blown show garden that pushes the boundaries of what can be done in a small space.
The garden features included a new potting shed with a greenhouse attachment, five raised beds for vegetables, scarecrows made by children at Leys Farm Junior School an incredible edible fence around the perimeter of the garden and a wildlife are and loggery in the centre. A massive 6m triangle shade sail covers an area that can seat 16 children and water collection, composting and garden tea for the plants features in the garden.
In conjunction with Nth Lincolnshire Council Simply Gardening are now using the new school garden to teach teachers how to teach children, teach children all about learning outside the classroom and will be advertising the courses soon.
Note: Alan Titchmarsh is an English broadcaster and novelist, particularly famous in the field of gardening programmes on British television. Ed Balls is an MP and the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.
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John Cavill Wins Royal Horticultural Society Medal Again
John Cavill, Owner of
Simply Gardening in the UK
Students are an important
part of John's show garden