Monday, March 30, 2015

News: Bestall to represent Yorkshire at Chelsea Flower Show

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Award-winning local gardening expert, Lee Bestall has been chosen by Welcome to Yorkshire and will showcase his talents, and the best the county has to offer, at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show this year.

A membership organisation, Welcome to Yorkshire is the official destination management agency for Yorkshire, boosting tourism in the county through marketing campaigns and involvement in high profile events such as the opening stages of the Tour de France.

Announcing plans to promote Yorkshire in 2015 at a recent industry event in Scarborough, Welcome to Yorkshire announced that its garden design for RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been accepted. Run by the Royal Horticultural Society charity, the annual Chelsea Flower Show is Britain's most prestigious flower show and is held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital. It showcases nursery exhibits and model gardens and includes exhibits from foreign countries as well as from Britain.

Designed by Lee Bestall, Yorkshire's garden will feature a microbrewery theme and will highlight not only the great gardens in the county but also the impressive range of micro breweries when it goes on display in May.

Enterprising Lee, who grew up in Aston in Rotherham and studied at Sheffield Hallam University, was working in recruitment when he earned the chance to turn his love of gardening into a career with invaluable training from gardening expert, Diarmuid Gavin as part of a BBC series.

The local businesses, Inspired Garden Design and Bestall & Co, based at Renishaw, have gone from strength to strength with Lee receiving industry awards including a silver medal at Tatton Park Flower Show 2005, a bronze medal at Gardeners' World Live 2006 and Grand Designs Garden Designer of The Year Award 2012.

Lee described being selected by Welcome to Yorkshire as a "fantastic opportunity for us to represent Yorkshire at Chelsea."


Called "Brewer's Yard," 2015's garden is described as providing an illustration of the historical fusion between a recently refurbished old Yorkshire brewing shed and fundamentals of a modern micro-brewery. The garden interprets and aims to share the story of the elements of the micro-brewing process, then and now. A modern water feature inspired by brewing uses a combination of traditional materials and techniques with stylised design. Modern and antique brewing equipment accessories feature throughout the garden.

Sponsored by Wold Top Brewery, an award-winning micro brewery in Driffield, Brewer's Yard, will be the sixth time Welcome To Yorkshire has been on show at Chelsea.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "We've talked for several years about Yorkshire's potential as a county and as a destination – and now our collective ambitions and dreams are becoming a reality. There must be millions of people around the world who now know of Yorkshire, who didn't a couple of years ago – we're firmly front of mind. Our ground-breaking work builds on that and together we will cement Yorkshire's place on the world stage as a visitor destination."

Inspired Garden Design website
Bestall & Co website
Welcome To Yorkshire website

Images: Welcome To Yorkshire

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