Sandringham Flower Show 2013
The Bridge to Success
I designed the garden to tell the story of a young person’s journey, starting their own business with the aid of The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme. My friends Mark and Glen, had help from The Prince’s Trust when they were setting up and running their own businesses.
The title for the garden was ‘The Bridge to Success’. The concept was of an overgrown pathway made of sandstone setts, running through rough grass, to symbolise the development of the young person, wishing to start their own business. The oak bridge over a ditch symbolizes a Prince’s Trust mentor, helping and guiding the young person across to the other side and along their journey, on the pathway as it meandered its way through limestone paving, bordered by flower beds packed with cottage garden style planting, made up of a collection of mainly perennials, annuals and a few shrubs. The path finally exited the paving though a pair of gate posts on to a neatly cut lawn. The complete cycle from rough grass to neatly cut lawn, represents the young person’s idea of a business in it’s infancy, as it develops and it’s success.
I used as many recycled, sustainably grown and produced materials as possible in the construction of the garden. For example many of the plants have been grown on our own nursery, the oak for the bridge is locally sourced and the fence, around the garden is made from recycled timber.
The Bridge To Success Construction
The construction of the garden would not have been possible without the help of family and friends, especially Steve with the gardens pre-construction work. Also the aid of our local companies who have sponsored the garden, for which we are very grateful. Some of which not only helped with providing materials for the garden, but also helped construct the garden. Indeed two of our sponsors, Northwold Rockery Stone and Mark Reed have spent many hours helping us construct both this and our previous show gardens.
The garden has also been kindly sponsored by the EDP, Mark Reed Sculptures, M J Elliott and Norfolk Quality Plants.
Through their Enterprise programme, The Prince’s Trust supports unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them.
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 700,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk.