We Won!

The National Trust Landscape Collection wins top award at Glee 2011. The 18 metre stand which was designed and built by The Ability Garden Company especially for the Show at the NEC Birmingham, was the overall ‘Garden Design’ winner. The stand which featured landscape concepts for two of the four ranges together with retail display units for each range showcased an authentic ‘Cotswold Manor’ garden planted out in vibrant colour and featuring the flagstones, aggregates and garden structures within the range, as well as a beautiful ‘Country House’ garden with cobbles, flagstones and kerbstones. Drawing huge interest from both garden centres and independent landscapers, the National Trust Landscape Collection will prove a ‘winner’ in any garden.

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We Are At Glee!

gleeWe are very excited to be launching The National Trust Landscape Collection at Glee this September 19-21 at the NEC Birmingham. Our amazing new stand will showcase all the ranges available and visitors will be the first to view this outstanding collection. Don’t miss out – join us at Stand 4H40 to preview the most significant British range of paving and decorative stone chippings to be presented to the market for several years.

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Sunday Times Article

sunday-times‘Restoring Gardens is all the rage at stately homes’ says the Sunday Times this week. Period styles are being re-created with the help of modern materials and not just at Britain’s finest houses. One example used in the article was Hidcote Manor, the inspiration for part of our National Trust Landscape Collection. This beautiful estate in Gloucestershire was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1948 as its first garden oriented property and has recently undergone a £3.5m restoration to the Grade 1-listed garden. Glyn Jones, the Head Gardener recognises that ‘if you are thinking about restoring a garden, you have to think about how the materials back then were not as good as modern ones’ and it is useful to adopt a policy of doing things ‘in the spirit’ rather than faithfully following a set plan.

This is what the National Trust Landscape collection is all about, bringing the quality and character of their beautiful homes and gardens to your own property. Through meticulous attention to detail and using the finest modern materials available, we can create ranges of paving and landscaping products that offer the discerning home-owner faithful reproductions taken from historic originals.

Chelsea Flower Show 2011

chelsea-showThe RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the ultimate event in the gardening calendar – it’s the place to see and the place to be seen at, so it was the natural choice to launch the National Trust Garden Collection and preview 2 of our Landscape Collection ranges.

The stand was created by garden designer Louise Harries, a graduate of the London College of Garden Design. Louise is the winner of the National Trust’s Chelsea Design competition.

The garden was designed to reflect the National Trust’s key philosophy; to preserve places and spaces that can be enjoyed ‘forever, for everyone’. Louise designed a welcoming and interactive garden space, encouraging visitors to experiment with and imagine the products of the National Trust Garden Collection in their own gardens. Paths in Petworth flagstones lead into and around the stand revealing new perspectives and inviting visitors to touch and test out the products themselves. Hidcote flagstones paved the greenhouse floor, complementing the stunning display of hot house plants from Hidcote Manor. Louise’s design used fruit trees and colourful perennial planting to show how familiar and traditional plants can be used in a contemporary way. Plants had been grown at the National Trust nurseries and fruit trees illustrated how even the smallest garden can incorporate a productive ‘orchard’.

The Stand was given a Highly Commended award by the RHS judging panel. Well done to Louise and all of the Garden Collection members!