A group of schoolgirls from south west London today (25 May) became the youngest ever designers to win a medal for a main show garden at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Pupils from Burntwood School for girls, in Wandsworth, were awarded a silver medal by RHS judges for "The Daihatsu Green Garden".

Four lead pupils, Zoe Harrison, Alex Hosking and Sian and Kamala Johal, were also presented to the Queen during her official visit on the eve of the show.

The garden is the result of Daihatsu’s nationwide competition for secondary schools to design a biodiversity Chelsea Show garden.

As a founding corporate patron to the RHS, Daihatsu is committed to helping drive home the message that more could be done to encourage wildlife into Britain’s domestic gardens.

Managing Director, Andrew Edmiston, said: "Just as our cars are greener than most without sacrificing levels of performance or equipment, our silver medal winning garden proves that a wildlife garden can be just as innovative and exciting as a piece of ‘high design architecture’."

School Project leader, teacher Eleanor Smith said: "To be at Chelsea in the first place is simply incredible, but to win a medal is beyond all expectations. We are so proud of our girls."

Published : 26/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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