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Paul Hervey-Brookes To Create RNIB Garden


Gloucestershire based garden designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes is set to return to Chelsea Flower Show in 2011 after being approached by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to create a design for and Urban Garden that celebrates the construction of a brand new centre for children with sight problems and complex needs in Coventry.

Paul, who won a silver medal at last years show, said: “RNIB came to me with an exciting proposal to explore texture in the design. Their brief was challengingly open, and from the initial concepts, and now through to final designs, everyone involved has been enthused by the project which has led to some really dynamic and exciting outcomes’.

The garden, in the urban category, will explore raw textures through its hard landscape materials whilst also using high frequency colours in its planting palette. Tactile trees such as Betula albosinenis and Acer griseum will be combined with a carpet of richly coloured perennials, highly textured granite and sandstone and natural wood.

Paul added: “We wanted to create a sense of fizzing excitement and exploration. This will be a garden where, rather than simply looking at and admiring the space, you will feel as if you want to interact on a much deeper level by kicking off your shoes and feeling your way through the paths and sitting areas”. He went on to say ‘After spending time with blind and partially sighted people in the Cotswolds whilst working on the design, I was inspired by their sense of adventure and enthusiasm to encounter new ideas. I hope to have captured a little of that in this garden”.

Patrick MacDonald, RNIB Company Secretary who originally approached Paul to design the garden, said:

“This is a very exciting project and we are sure that Paul will create a garden we will be very proud of. Every day 100 people begin to lose their sight, and we hope this garden will inspire everyone to think about their senses, and perhaps understand a little more of the challenges facing blind and partially sighted people every day”.

Everyday around 100 people in the UK start to lose their sight. There are around two million people in the UK with sight problems. RNIB is the leading charity working in the UK offering practical support, advice and information for anyone with sight difficulties. If you, or someone you know, has a sight problem RNIB can help. Call the RNIB Helpline on:

0303 123 9999

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