Best Show Garden and RHS Gold at Hampton Court - the Dorset Cereals Edible Playground wows judges

Added on 14 July 2008

Dorset Cereals is absolutely delighted to announce that its first ever show garden has won the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Tudor Rose Award for Best Show Garden and RHS Gold at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2008. Fresh from its Gold award-winning success at the Chelsea Flower Show, the garden, Dorset Cereals Edible Playground, which was designed by Dorset-based Nick Williams-Ellis and opened by children from Beaucroft School in Dorset, has been created to inspire schools across the UK to build their very own vegetable garden within their grounds.

Nick Williams-Ellis designer of the garden at Hampton Court said: "I am hugely surprised, really thrilled and so grateful for all the support from so many different people in Dorset; especially, of course, Dorset Cereals who have been enlightened and generous sponsors. Also to project manager Mandy Cooper for being an organising genius and Alan and Tim Goddard of Goddard Landscapes for building the garden in such a thoroughly professional way with such attention to detail."

Thousands of individual edible plants were grown for the garden. Nick continued: "The plants of course were central to the Edible Playground garden and my thanks go to Mike and Louise Burks of Castle Gardens, Sherborne, for growing the lion's share of the plants and to Ken Tuffin of Pearce Seeds, Sherborne, for growing the oats, wheat and barley in such mint condition under exceptional circumstances. It has been a pleasure to work with such a happy group of people over the whole build-up period; there has not been a cross word."

The Dorset Cereals Edible Playground is full of delightful edible plants offering colour, texture and taste for children and adults; from 'Pink Passion' chard to thornless blackberries, Welsh onions and Corsican mint. The garden incorporates many environmental features including a windmill to power the garden's weepy hose watering system, a fully working wormery for processed foods, a compost bin for kitchen and garden waste, rainwater collection and a green roof for the outdoor classroom area.


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"This really is a fantastic achievement for our whole team and we are truly delighted to have won RHS Gold and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Tudor Rose Award for Best Show Garden. The hard work, imagination and dedication of designer Nick Williams-Ellis, construction team Goddards and growers The Gardens Group have helped us to put Edible Playgrounds on the map in a way that none of us thought possible; we cannot thank them enough. We hope this success will encourage and motivate schools to create their own Edible Playground gardens, teaching children about food, growing it, cooking it and ultimately eating it!" commented Patrick Horton from Dorset Cereals.

In 2008 Dorset Cereals will be directly supporting over 100 schools and helping them to put Edible Playgrounds into their grounds. Progress will be tracked over the next three years as the project develops. There is also a highly interactive website to give both grown-ups and children inspiring ideas to start their own Edible Playground.

Dorset Cereals Edible Playground is project managed by Positive PR of Sherborne, Dorset.

For further information on Dorset Cereals and Edible Playgrounds, please contact Patrick Horton on 01305 751000, or email

For further press information or images, please contact Mandy Cooper or Briony Gubbins at Positive PR on 01935 389497, email or

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