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We are creating an educational, science inspired show garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Malvern Spring Festival show in May!
We are creating an educational, science inspired show garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Malvern Spring Festival show in May!
We are creating an educational, science inspired show garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Malvern Spring Festival show in May!
48 backers pledged £4,000 to help bring this project to life.

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The Genetic Conservation Garden

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We have officially been accepted to exhibit a 'Festival' category show garden as part of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Malvern Spring Festival, 7 - 10th  May 2015.

Caitlin and I have caught the attention of the RHS through our unconventional approach to creating a show garden, using our natural creativity, passion and scientific background. We are an all-female team under the age of 25, breaking the mould of a 'traditional' RHS exhibitor. The judges have been extremely positive about our designs so far, praising the concept and the contrast between wild planting and urban-inspired hard landscaping.  

Our show garden's message and focus is on the conservation of UK Crop Wild Relatives (CWRs).  These are wild plants related to major food crops, such as wheat and barley, and hold a wealth of genetic traits, for example drought tolerance, which are essential for future food security. However as they are traditionally considered weeds they are overlooked and in need of conservation.  Using these species within traditional breeding programs and cross-breeding with cultivated varieties can help alleviate the pressures of climate change, pests and diseases. This garden will highlight key UK CWR species, their importance, and also the need for identification and targeted conservation in genetic reserves. Our garden message will take traditional conservation targeted show gardens a step further by focusing on why these plants are important not just for UK biodiversity but also for providing a sustainable food future for us.

We have budgeted for the whole garden to cost £7,000 and have been lucky enough to receive £3,000 from the RHS.  It is up to us to raise the rest of the funds! We have created partnerships with up-and-coming construction teams to reduce the costs significantly and will only use UK native plants.  Your money will go towards covering the costs of plants, hard landscaping, construction and excavations, accommodation, and transport.  We will be taking time away from work to undertake this project but will not be taking an income from the sponsorship as we want to put everything into ensuring this garden is the best it can be!

Together with your pledges we can make this dream a reality and you can join us on our journey by taking part and becoming sponsors.

Risks and challenges

As we only have access to the Three Counties Showground in Malvern a week and a half before the show date, it will be all hands on deck for the 'big build'. The consultation reward will take place from the beginning of June. Photographs of the garden at Malvern and copies of the design will also be sent out from June, once printed.

Free tickets will be received in enough time prior to your visit to the show, but we will only be able to send them out to you all once the RHS have released them.

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    We appreciate every donation, no matter how big or small, and we will thank every single one of you on our website!

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    Your name will be listed in our garden brochure, which every visitor to Malvern receives to advertise our thanks to our supporters!

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    We offer the exclusive advertising opportunity for your business logo to appear in our brochure's supporters section for all 80,000 visitors to Malvern to see your support and also our thanks and appreciation!

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    As well as the above, you will receive a collection of photographs of the garden at Malvern, with a copy of the design.

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    As well as the above rewards we will offer personalised advice on our plant list and how it can be incorporated into your personal gardens, and design consultation

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    You will receive an exclusive advertising opportunity with your name or business logo appearing on our main sponsors board on the garden for all visitors and press to see.

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    As well as the advertising in our garden brochure and board and garden photographs, you will receive two free tickets to the show, with exclusive access to the garden from within the boundaries, away from the crowds.

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