Our Help for Heroes garden has been a critical success and has already won a Silver Gilt award, and today we have a chance to win the BBC/RHS Chelsea People’s Choice Award, which would be amazing.
However we need your help!
The voting opened at midday today and runs until 23.59 this evening, and we would love all staff and volunteers to get behind the garden, and share with your family and friends.
You can vote online, which will require registration with the BBC website and online votes are limited to 5 per user (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2QKl4tL2FhrGdWy1b4WyGrM/the-bbc-rhs-chelsea-peoples-choice-award)
You can also vote by telephone by calling 09011 98 88 13. Calls cost 10p from a BT landline, other networks may vary. Mobile networks will be considerably more.
Have you been as impressed as we have by the amazing show of gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show? You can vote for your favourite garden here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2QKl4tL2FhrGdWy1b4WyGrM/the-bbc-rhs-chelsea-peoples-choice-award
The finishing touches to Hope on the Horizon, the stunning Chelsea Flower Show garden were made in the sweltering heat this weekend and drew in many admirers, including an army of Chelsea Pensioners in their resplendent red uniform!
‘Hope on the Horizon’, sponsored by the David Brownlow charitable foundation, represents the complex and progressive path of recovery experienced by our wounded, injured and sick military personnel, veterans and their families. Designer, Matthew Keightley from Maidenhead-based building and landscaping firm Farr and Roberts’ is making his debut appearance this year and has worked tirelessly for 16 days (not to mention a year’s worth of planning and growing) to build and plant a space that echoes our ethos: to inspire, enable and support those returning heroes during their recovery and beyond.
Matthew chose to embark on this project as a result of his brother Michael’s involvement with the armed forces, having served on four tours to Afghanistan and due for his fifth next year. This, paired with his admiration for the work Help for Heroes do, was the starting point for Matthew’s design
Matthew said: “Inspiration for this particular garden was never going to be hard to come by, with a military link so close to home and an overwhelming admiration for the work that Help for Heroes does to support our wounded heroes. I had the perfect starting point for a concept to be born.”
The garden takes you on a journey, passing rough granite blocks and overgrown beginnings to a smoother, perfectly sawn structured end. It is a tranquil space where that hope which once seemed so far away is now at your fingertips.
Farr and Roberts have very generously donated Hope on the Horizon to one of our Recovery Centres in Colchester once Chelsea Flower Show comes to an end so that this peaceful haven can play a part in the recovery process it has been designed to represent.
It was an emotional experience for Tom Stimpson, one of our ambassadors, who saw the garden for the first time at Chelsea. Sitting amongst the Foxgloves and Halcyons, he had tears in his eyes. Tom said: “Matt has hit the nail on the head with Hope on the Horizon. He has produced something that will inspire, enable and support for generations to come”.
You can support the transformation of Chavasse's grounds by donating to our Heroes Garen Project here www.bmycharity.com/chavasse or text GROW to 70900 to donate £5 (you will be charged £5 plus your standard netweork rate).