Our Higher Education Horticulture students are involved in various projects, putting their skills to valuable use and gaining experience that will boost their prospects. Here are some of the recent projects that they have been involved in:
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.
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.