Wooden Spoon garden wins RHS award

A Wooden Spoon sensory garden has taken pride of place at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival after winning a coveted award.

The garden was named ‘Best Construction for a Global Impact or Get Started Garden’ at the prestigious show, which runs this week.

After being enjoyed by all at Hampton Court, the garden will then be moved to Broomhill Bank School, within their existing forest school, thanks to a £13,000 grant from Wooden Spoon Kent.

Sarah Webb, chief executive of Wooden Spoon, said: “We are thrilled that this legacy garden has been rewarded in this way.

“We would like to pay tribute to designers Toni Bowater and Lucy Welsh who came up with this fantastic vision for both people to enjoy at the show and then students at Broomhill to really benefit from.”

Steve Ackerley, executive headteacher at Broomhill Bank School in Kent, said: “The garden will be used for sensory activities and to support our students with neurodiverse views of the world. It will develop their skills and love for gardening and the outdoors.”

The Wooden Spoon Garden took its place in the show’s ‘Get Started’ garden category, which aims to inspire new gardeners by showcasing simple, low cost and achievable ideas

using safe and reliable plants that are affordable and easy to look after.

The garden deconstructs the conventional principles of a garden and reimagines it to encourage those who might be afraid of gardening to have fun by interacting with elements such as a bird perch and windmills.