The Daihatsu Green Garden

Four 13-year-old schoolgirls will become the youngest ever designers of a main show garden when the gates open to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show on Monday 24 May.

The youngsters, from Burntwood School for girls, in Tooting, southwest London, have had their design for ‘The Daihatsu Green Garden’ – winner of a nationwide competition for secondary schools to design a biodiversity garden – recreated as one of the main exhibits at this year’s event.

Pupils Alex Hosking, Zoe Harrison and Kamala and Sian Johal, spearheaded a team of around 30 fellow students in compiling Burntwood’s winning design for the most famous flower show in the world.

With such household names as television gardener Diarmuid Gavin exhibiting designs at this year’s event, the girls’ garden could not be among more influential company.

What is more, Daihatsu is confident the finished creation will capture people’s imaginations and inspire them to think how they too could encourage greater biodiversity in their own gardens.

Managing Director Andrew Edmiston said: "A recent MORI survey commissioned by ourselves on behalf of the RHS revealed that only 16 per cent of gardeners currently use plants to attract wildlife.

"Just as our cars are ‘greener’ without sacrificing performance or equipment levels, our garden shows how people can encourage greater biodiversity, while still being fun and innovative and using striking planting and landscape design."

Published : 22/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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