THG strikes gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Published by Jason Kayley for Together Housing Group in Housing and also in Environment
Nick Riley and John Everiss with the "Reachout" exhibit
Newground, a member of the Together Housing Group based in Lancashire, has taken centre stage at the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time and scooped the coveted Gold Award within the ‘Fresh Garden’ category.
Teaming up with John Everiss Design, they have created a sculptural and emotive masterpiece called ‘Reachout’ depicting the difficult journey many young people face in the town and how their lives can be changed with the right guidance and support.
The award-winning garden was a bold statement at the show that fuses planting and creative design with real-life storytelling.
A striking metal sculpture of a crouched figure leaning against a slate stone wall reflects one young person at the beginning of their journey with all the potential wrong choices laid out before them.
Their hand dips into a nine-metre long water-channel leading them through life’s hurdles and navigating the temptation seen in a series of stone columns which gradually become smaller and smoother before finally blending with the planting.
At the end, there is an air of tranquillity and aromatic herbs of thyme and rosemary depict the goal as the young person’s journey into society and adulthood is complete.
Nick Riley, a director at Newground, said: “This feature encapsulates what we do and we are just thrilled that it has been recognised with a gold award. Winning gold at Chelsea is the pinnacle of garden design and we can’t thank John, his team and of course our valued sponsors enough as we couldn’t have done this without them.
“Our Reachout garden really highlights our work with young people, education and our environmental work in one piece and we hope its gold award win will help bring the very diverse and crucial work Newground and the Together Housing Group do to national attention.
John Everiss, Sculptor, said: ‘Newground is an inspiration to me. They tackle the issues at the heart of society without being profit driven. The real life stories they presented to me were the inspiration for this design and to see this rewarded with a gold win is really humbling.”
And there could be more success. Reachout has been included in the People’s Choice vote. Simply log onto the BBC RHS Chelsea Flower Show website and select “Reachout” in the Fresh garden section.
Steve Close, Together Housing Group Chief Executive, added: “To say this is an incredible achievement is an understatement. The piece conveys an important message as to the services we actually provide to our communities. We are more than just a landlord, we are the heartbeat of our communities and we do vital work with many people across many social groups.
“Many congratulations to everyone involved in this project.”
Newground delivers business improvement programmes, environmental services and community programmes to regenerate local communities and improve lives of young people and it is that ethos which was the inspiration for the design being displayed in the Show Garden.
The Newground garden couldn’t have been created without the £40,000 funding and support of local businesses.
The spirit and support offered by companies supporting Newground’s work has resulted in success with funds secured 5 weeks ago from the Together Housing Group, CSH Transport , Euro Garages , Myerscough College, The Cardboard Box Company , Wates Living Space and Natural Paving. For more information on Newground, please visit: www.newground.co.uk or call 01254 265163.