“Donkey garden” bags silver award at Chelsea Flower Show

By | May 21, 2019
Joanna Lumley alongside Harley at The Donkey Sanctuary “Donkey garden” bags silvery abide by at Chelsea Flower Show
Joanna Lumley alongside Harley at The Donkey Sanctuary’s ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show inward London. © RHS / Luke MacGregor

An equine-themed garden has won a silvery abide by at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show inward London.

International brute welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary won the abide by inward the Artisan Garden category for its ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden, which is designed to showcase the charity’s international work. Using H2O equally its key theme, the garden demonstrates how owning a ass way access to clean, fresh H2O for around of the poorest in addition to nigh vulnerable communities inward the world.

The abide by is peculiarly special equally this twelvemonth marks the charity’s 50th anniversary.

“We are thrilled to win silvery at Chelsea; this garden demonstrates how alongside difficult work, compassion, inventiveness in addition to dedication our large ideas tin give the sack accomplish keen things,” said The Donkey Sanctuary CEO Mike Baker. “Most importantly, the garden’s serious message – highlighting the crucial operate that donkeys produce to assist the world’s poorest in addition to nigh vulnerable communities – has been taken to a broad in addition to various audience at Chelsea.

Joanna Lumley alongside Harley at The Donkey Sanctuary “Donkey garden” bags silvery abide by at Chelsea Flower Show
Joanna Lumley alongside Skooby afterward The Donkey Sanctuary’s ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden won a silvery abide by at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show inward London. © RHS / Luke MacGregor

“Not solely does the garden showcase The Donkey Sanctuary’s international work, merely it’s likewise the perfect way to celebrate one-half a century of helping donkeys.”

A key garden pattern characteristic is a path traversing from bottom left to top correct representing the many journeys donkeys bear out on behalf of communities to back upward their livelihoods. The garden likewise includes a shelter in addition to a good alongside a dripping bucket.

In places such equally Namibia, Lamu, Somaliland in addition to Ethiopia, donkeys are used to collect H2O for entire communities. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 ass volition frequently collect xl to lx litres of H2O at ane time. The uncomplicated deed of a ass carrying H2O reduces the fourth dimension required to access it, freeing children to larn an teaching in addition to women to hold upward economically active.

Joanna Lumley alongside Harley at The Donkey Sanctuary “Donkey garden” bags silvery abide by at Chelsea Flower Show
Harley in addition to Skooby inward the ‘Why Donkeys Matter’ garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. © The Donkey Sanctuary

The planting of the ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden suggests the dry out Mediterranean climate, including Mediterranean Sea Holly (Eryngium bourgatii), Iris ‘Langport Wren’ in addition to Lavender ‘Hidcote’ (Lavandula angustifolia). The colour palette is claret, imperial in addition to silver, alongside bright, vibrant flowers bringing beauty in addition to colour to the garden’s harsh surroundings. The trees inward the infinite are Pine ‘Glauca’ (Pinus parviflora) in addition to Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens).

The garden was designed yesteryear Annie Prebensen in addition to Christina Williams in addition to built yesteryear Frogheath Landscapes. The plants were grown yesteryear How Green Nursery.

The Donkeys Matter garden tin give the sack hold upward seen on Serpentine Walk, site pose out 564, until the demonstrate closes on May 25. It volition in addition to thus hold upward brought dorsum to the charity’s international headquarters inward Devon where supporters in addition to visitors tin give the sack savor the garden for years to come.

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