Green fingers at College

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Horticulture students at Bondholder Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college are hoping to continue their winning streak at the prestigious BBC Gardeners World Live show at the NEC this summer.

They have again teamed up with the Derby branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and a range of sponsors headed by Don Amott Parks to design their entry entitled ‘The Revelation Garden’.

The garden is the most ambitious planned by the Horticulture department and measuring 25m by 15m, will be the largest garden at BBC Gardeners World Live which attracts thousands of visitors across four days.

The 50-strong group of students have started work on key elements of their design and will then spend two weeks constructing and planting the garden at the NEC ahead of the show which runs from June 13 to 16.

After the show, the garden will be carefully dismantled and key elements will be re-built at Don Amott Park’s flagship Lakeside Park near Louth for holiday makers to enjoy.

Last year the students won the top Platinum medal for their border ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ as well as the prize for the best interpretation of the theme in the 23-strong category. The two previous years resulted in Silver and then Gold medals.

Derby College Horticulture lecturer Mike Baldwin has 25 years’ experience of creating competition show gardens with students at Broomfield Hall.

He said: “This is our most ambitious garden yet and will involve the skills and input over the coming months of around 50 students from our full time BTEC and part time HNC and RHS Horticulture study programmes.