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Our students are regularly invited to enter garden design competitions in connection with local organisations, giving excellent hands-on professional experience. Recent projects include:


Tedworth House, Tidworth

Tedworh House, Tidworth is the southern location for Help for Heroes to assist wounded servicemen and veterans and their loved ones in their individual recovery. As a way of encouraging active and fulfilling lives during their rehabilitation, Tedworth House held a garden design competiton for Sparsholt students to submit plans as a gardening project for the residents to install.

FdSc Horticulture with Plantsmanship and Design student Joseph Willoughby was selected as the winner. His plans were successful largely because of the practical and achievable elements of his design. These attributes showed consideration for the physical abilities of the past and present servicemen responsible for renovating the garden and secured his place as winner of this external charity project.

Dean Garnier Garden, Winchester

Students were given the fantastic opportunity to submit designs for Dean Garnier Garden, housed in the grounds of local landmark, Winchester Cathedral.

Presented in front of a panel, Rachel Benson, FdSc Horticulture with Plantsmanship and Design student’s design stood out due to attention to factors such as fragrance and seasons, as well as best reflecting the context of the garden itself.

Installation of Rachel’s plans will be undertaken by Sparsholt students, enabling them to gain experience in industry, working to replant a high profile garden following Rachel’s strong brief.


Past Design Projects

  • RAF Lyneham Memorial Garden

    Students were invited to enter a plan for the RAF Lyneham memorial garden. We attended a briefing in October regarding the creation of a new high profile garden to commemorate all servicemen and women who were repatriated at RAF Lyneham.

    Students who submitted plans presented them to a panel who will select the best and put them forward to the families of those lost to vote for the winner. An announcement is due to be made soon.

    View Sparsholt student Helen Parsons’ design

    View the press release from Kier for more information 

  • Hampshire Constabulary Memorial Garden at Netley Marsh

    We have been invited by Hampshire Constabulary to take part in a project to create a Police Memorial Garden within the grounds of Victoria House, Netley to remember officers and staff who have lost their lives.

    The aim of the project is to create a peaceful and dignified area where families, colleagues and friends can remember those that they have lost.

    The project is due to be completed by June 2015 in time for the annual Police Families Day.

  • Grange Park Opera

    We have been invited to design an opera-themed garden at The Grange, an English Heritage neo-Classical mansion that comes to life each summer for an opera season. We visited recently to experience the opera in action.

    Whilst the opera is held indoors, the outdoors is critical to the whole experience. People arrive early to take in the spirit of the place and then in the 100 minute interval enjoy a picnic in the grounds. After the emotion of the first half of an opera, with opera-goers left emotionally charged with joy or sadness, the audience spill outdoors to seek anything from a relaxed mood to the stimulation of a more contrived, exciting and designed landscape. Equally performers may need the rest or stimulation of the outdoors to help with their performance.

    This is where garden designers come in. Being a summer season only opera venue and given site restrictions (The Grange is a Grade 1 listed building), designs will need to be practical and somewhat temporary.