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Delight as NSPCC and Scotland’s Rural College win Artisan Garden Design Award

Published Wednesday, 2nd April 2014 in Study at SRUC news

SRUC NSPCC garden designers

NSPCC Scotland and students from SRUC’s Ayr campus are celebrating after their entry to this year’s Gardening Scotland event won an Artisan Garden Design award for its ‘stylish and desirable’ design.

Before the event, three Artisan Garden Design awards of £2,000 are given to designers who submit the best plans for a show garden to be created for Gardening Scotland 2014.

Speaking ahead of this year’s gardening extravaganza, to be held on Friday 30 May to Sunday 1 June at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, Brooke O’Connell from NSPCC Scotland said it was a “great start” for the pairing’s entry:

“Working with Louise Wakeling, Dianne Grant and Luize Erbsa – all students at the Ayr campus – we believe we have come up with a truly special concept.

“We hope that NSPCC Scotland’s Garden of Childhood Adventure – A garden of imaginative play – will not only inspire avid gardeners, but enable us all to connect with what ‘childhood’ truly means and how we can help to protect it for every child in Scotland.

“Our jungle theme incorporates a host of beautiful and intriguing plants, as well as lot of unusual features, and we think it’s the perfect setting for a magical experience.

“This £2,000 award will enable the team to bring their plans to fruition with maximum impact. I can’t wait to see the results!”

Louise Wakeling, who designed the garden, which will be delivered in conjunction with her two Ayr colleagues and NSPCC Scotland, said it was “exciting news”:

“Of course we all had high hopes for our entry, but this was a terrific bonus. The competition criteria spoke of gardens full of ‘surprise, delight and inspiration’ and, to be honest, it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for our entry. Every element of this design has been geared towards creating something that calls out to our inner child, and harks back to happy memories of fun and adventure. We really hope that visitors to this year’s Gardening Scotland will take the time to stop by our garden and find our where the ‘wild things’ truly are!”

The design team are all studying for HNCs in Garden Design at SRUC’s Ayr Campus; this course introduces students to the many facets of garden design which include design, plant knowledge, hard landscaping and business studies. Design students at SRUC regularly compete at prestigious garden design competitions; last year’s two teams both took home Silver Gilt medals at Gardening Scotland with the Ayr-based team awarded the coveted Best in Show title. SRUC student gardens have also been highly placed at the Chelsea Flower Show and the Hampton Court Flower Show.

NSPCC Scotland’s vital work can only continue with the generous support of the public. Take a moment to recollect the pure joy of childish escapades, and consider the impact a legacy donation could have on the lives of our most vulnerable children and families. To find out more, contact Brooke O’Connell, Legacy Manager for NSPCC Scotland on or 07785 724865.

Photo caption: Dianne, Louise and Luize – Garden Design students at SRUC Ayr campus - pictured with their award winning design for NSPCC Scotland, which will be displayed at this year's Gardening Scotland show.

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