Silver medal success

Volunteer gardeners at Bondholder Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall have been awarded a silver medal at this year's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chatsworth Flower Show.

As well as volunteering their time to support Head Gardener Samantha Harvey with the 25 acres of gardens at the Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college in Morley, the volunteers have also planned and created a garden for the show.

This is the second silver medal for the 40-strong Broomfield Hall volunteers having been recognised in the Long Border category last year. This year the volunteers created a much larger show garden entitled ‘Find Yourself...Lost in the Moment', to celebrate volunteering in gardens and the physical and mental health benefits that it brings.

The garden captured the senses with a series of spiral sculptures emerging from soft planting. Random-height sleepers and characterful doors represent the diverse backgrounds and future possibilities that volunteering in gardens brings.

Samantha Harvey explained: “I am absolutely delighted with the silver medal for our first show garden. It is such a prestigious award and will hopefully lead inspire to creating a bigger garden at RHS Chatsworth in the future.

“This would not have happened without the hard work of the volunteers and the support from Derby College Group. Everyone has been amazing.”

One of the volunteers and show garden project manager Carl Johnson added: “It is amazing that we are now two-time silver medal winners. This is the best project that we have been involved with and is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”