NS&I Invites Voters To Pick Their Favourite Sustainable Garden
At BBC Gardeners World Live
on: June 5, 2009, 8:19 am
Savings and Investments
NS&I sponsored Grow Your Own campaign is to showcase three
gardens from 10 June in Birmingham.
For the second year, three unique and visionary garden designs
have been selected to be displayed at the BBC Gardners' World
Live event. The designs all feature modernity, sustainability
and growing fruit and veg as key themes.
Visitors to the show will be able to vote for their favourite
garden in the Grow Your Own area of the show which is also supported
by NSI. The overall winner of the NS&I Growing Gardens Today
Competition will be announced live on the Grow Your Own area stage
by gardening expert Carol Klein on Sunday 14 June.
the competition, Carol Klein said. "I am thrilled to be announcing
the overall winner of the NS&I
Growing Gardens Today competition this year. This year's designs
are hugely creative, incorporating recycled and sustainable materials
while showing different ways to grow your own fruit and vegetables.
NS&I is a big supporter of encouraging the public to grow
their own in a sustainable and cost effective way."
Visitors to the show will also have the opportunity to pick up
good gardening money-saving tips and ideas for contemporary working
gardens. Expert gardeners will be giving practical demonstrations
and advice on growing and using fruit, veg and herbs.
Sheila Jean Dearing, a former bio-medical scientist, from Devon,
has always been deeply interested in gardening and developed her
passion further when she began cultivating her own gardens. Her
design, 'Forest to Fork' (located at Stand GA25), combines creativity
with science to produce a space that is both beautiful and practical.
Designed using FSC softwood throughout, this garden demonstrates
how a small space can be productive, low maintenance and eco-friendly
with a modern feel.
Parry and Rene Humphrey from Bath, both graduated from the Oxford
College of Garden Design in 2007 before going on to set up their
own garden design business TwentyEightDesigns. 'Urban Veg' (located
at Stand GA23) is the first show garden built by the duo and aims
to show NEC visitors a contemporary space made for today's city
lifestyle. Designed with sustainability in mind, the garden includes
many recycling components such as reusable materials, a sleek
built in compost bin and reclaimed bricks for walls.
Wilding-Webb from Devon has a certificate in garden design and
firmly believes that the roots of good garden design are in horticulture.
Sally aims to show visitors that a garden can be a sustainable
fruit and veg plot as well as an area of relaxation. Her design
'Everything in the garden' (located at Stand GA24), encompasses
modern techniques - such as a pond to encourage wildlife, lavender
to welcome bees for pollination and an array of fruit and vegetables.
All three gardens are located in the popular Grow Your Own area
at the show. Voting commences at 9am on Wednesday 10 June 2009
and closes at midday on Sunday 14 June 2009.
NS&I is one of the UK's largest financial providers with almost
27 million customers and over £92 billion invested. It is
best known for Savings
Bonds, but also offers Inflation-Beating Savings, Guaranteed
Equity Bonds and Children's Bonus Bonds in its range of
savings accounts. All products offer 100% security, because
NS&I is backed by HM Treasury.
The RHS is the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing
horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its charitable work
includes undertaking scientific research into issues affecting
gardeners, holding plant trials and educational events and activities.
NS&I PR contact:
National Savings and Investments
375 Kensington High Street
020 7348 93449