Wellington charity SeeAbility wins Chelsea Flower Show medal

Garden designer Darren Hawkes in the SeeAbility Garden.

Garden designer Darren Hawkes in the SeeAbility Garden.

First published in News

WELLINGTON eye care charity SeeAbility has won a Silver Gilt medal at the RHS Centenary Chelsea Flower Show.

Its imaginative 'sight loss' garden, designed by Darren Hawkes, was created to encourage show visitors and TV viewers to consider the impact of sight loss and included landscaping and planting to represent four specific sight conditions.

David Scott-Ralphs, SeeAbility chief executive, said: “It's an absolute honour to have been awarded a Silver Gilt medal at our first ever Chelsea Flower Show.

“This fabulous award is a reflection of the creative interpretation which Darren has achieved.”

SeeAbility Patron HRH The Duchess of Gloucester visited the garden on Monday (May 20) with the Royal party which included the Queen and Prince Philip.

SeeAbility, formerly the Royal School for the Blind founded in 1799, supports young adults with sight loss and multiple disabilities at Fiennes House, Wellington.

The garden supported by private bank and wealth manager Coutts.

Michael Morley, Coutts & Co chief executive, said: "We are absolutely delighted that our first ever garden has won a Silver Gilt medal.

"This is down to the exceptional creativity and execution displayed by Darren and the team in ensuring the original concepts were bought to life so brilliantly."

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