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Rolawn - proud to support winning entries to the RHS Young Designer Award


RHS Young Designer 2021Climate change, sustainable garden design, mindfulness, and space for nature top the list of priorities for gardens of the future and Rolawn was proud to be supporting the young designers, who were championing these issues at Tatton Park Flower Show, by providing responsibly sourced materials for use in and around their RHS show gardens.

In his ‘On Tropic’ garden, gold medal winner Freddie Strickland explored how gardens are evolving with climate change, imagining how the sub-tropical planting in a Cornish garden may be applied to a northern climate. 

“This has been a real team effort. This garden wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Matt James Landscape & Garden Design and a huge team of volunteers, sponsors and suppliers. When you’re turning a show garden design into reality you have to work with people you know will deliver, like Rolawn - such a great name in the industry and a real safe bet when you’re under pressure to deliver at this level.” said Freddie.

Freddie added Rolawn’s ProMulch around his planting, using its dark, rich colour to enhance the appearance of the displays and taking advantage of its ability to reduce evaporation in what proved to be extremely high temperatures which were perhaps indicative of the future UK climate. 

Jonathan Hill, Sales & Marketing Director at Rolawn, was delighted to provide support, saying, “Congratulations to Freddie and to all the finalists who worked so hard and developed such thought provoking concepts. It’s incredibly fulfilling to be involved with talented young designers who take inspiration from issues that are affecting people’s lives now and in the future. It’s an approach that resonates with the Rolawn team because we always look ahead to meet future needs in much the same way. Our mission for Tatton Park was to engage with gardeners about ways to encourage biodiversity and support the ecosystem in their own environment, be it private gardens, schools or commercial settings. It was reassuring to see just how many people are taking this on board and starting to take steps in this direction.”

Maximillian Parker-Smith, won a Silver Gilt award for his ‘Earth Garden,’ which had a minimalist approach to allow for wildlife and plants. James Smith (Silver) used design elements to represent the barriers faced by men in coping with mental health issues and Ellie Edkins (Bronze) also looked to the mind for inspiration with her ‘Dreamscapes’ theme, while Emilie Bausager (Silver) appealed to visitors to adopt more environmental ways to travel by transforming an imagined driveway into a green oasis.

Pictured: Freddie Strickland receiving the RHS Young Designer of the Year award 2021.